Prof. in charge: Roberto Cippitani

Typology: lecture


A. Rationale and background
To achieve the objective to build the European Research Area it is necessary to face the risks which would be caused by scientific research and innovation (Communication, Towards a European research area, COM(2000) 6 par. 7.2 EU is also developing a system of shared values, through the debate at various levels and the adoption of codes of conduct. EU establishes rules and best practises in order to set up an ethical framework of the research activities, thus stressing the importance of ethical and societal issue in our life (in particular see EU Charter and the Article 6, par. 1, Decision No 1982/2006 concerning FP7).
B. Educational Needs
The project will stimulate the understanding of the effects of research on ethics and society, by promoting a debate at EU level. Ethics is becoming an essential requirement and guideline in the development of new technology solutions in modern society. However, at present ethical and societal issues are taken into consideration in very few domains, such as biomedical research and health interventions. Perception of the impact of these aspects on research is lacking in the other domains. Because of the high impact of security research on the society it is very important to sensitize researchers. Therefore the innovation of the project stands in raising a debate on an issue that is not yet properly considered from an academic point of view.

C. Syllabus
The main topics of the Course will be as follows:
- Introduction to the notions of the Private Law
- Science, Technology and Law
- Fundamental rights and ethical issues
- Normative techniques: supranational, national and international law; autonomous regulations of the professional categories; Ethics committees; etc.
- General principles: dignity; autonomy and anticipated directives; solidarity; respect of vulnerable peoples.
- Bioethics rules concerning specific fields: therapeutic treatments; procreation techniques; gathering and treatment of genetic information; biotechnology; research on cells, tissues and human embryos; security and double use technologies; research on animals.

D. Seminars
During the Course at least two seminaries will be organised:
Bioethics aspects of the research projects, with the participation of one or more competents of the staff of the Centre
Bioethics and researchers, with the participation of members of Ethics Committees, at local, national and European levels

E. Organisational aspects
- The courses will be given in English, in order to allow the participation of no Italian students
- The students will be supported by the lectures and by the tutor
- The students will be evaluated on base of a short thesis (or of a research project) and an oral examen
- The students will evaluate the lecturer
- Along with the recognition university credits, the Centre “Rights and Science” will issue a participation diploma for each student



The students of the Course (students of Biotechnology and Medicine Degrees) will trained to know the bioethical consequence of the research, in order to be future reserachers or professional aware of the need that the research will be sustenible and in compliance with the European Union ethical principles.

Discipline of audience

Law, Natural Science, Medicine, Enginery

Ethical and Legal Issues of Research and Innovation
Ethical Principles of Research in EU and International Law