Ethical and Legal Issues of Research and Innovation

Prof. in charge: Roberto Cippitani

Typology: training course


A. Educational Needs
The University staff involved in research activities needs to be trained on legal and ethical aspect of the research activities.

The training in those matters is necessary not only for the researchers and technicians directly requested to carry out the experimental activities. Also the administrative staff needs to receive a continuos training on matter as contractual aspects of research, management of EU research programme, civil and administrative liability of scientific research.

The proposed training course, aims at satisfying those training needs which usally are not covered by the University administration.

Due the different needs the course is divided into three part: the first one to introduce the fundamental legal notions; the part 2 devoted to the bioethics aspects of research; the part 3 focused on the legal and management issues concerning the EU programmes of research.

The first part will be compulsory, while the other parties may be chosen on the base of the competences of the staff member (i.e. the scientific staff may decide to participate to the part 2). Anyway it will be welcomed the participation of the staff to the entire course.

The training course will be also opened to the staff of other universities and public bodies collaborating with the University of Perugia in the research activities.


B. Syllabus
Part 1 General legal aspects of research activities (6h)
- Introduction to legal notions
- Science, Technology and Law

Parte 2: Bioethical rules concerning the research activities (24 h)
- 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.

Part 3: Rules of participation to the EU programmes concerning research and innovation (24 h)
Horizon 2020n and the Framework Programme of RST of the European Union
The Grant Agreement
Management of research projects
Protection of results
Reimboursment of costs


D. Seminars and workshop
With respect to the part 2 and the part 3 of the course two seminars will be put in place:
With respect to part 2, one or more competents of the staff of the Centre will participate
With respect to part 1, Officers of the funding bodies or experts at national or European level will be invited.


E. Organisational aspects
- The participant to the course will be supported by the lectuter and by the tutor.
- The participants will be evaluated on the ground of written examen
- The participants will evaluate the lecturers
- Along with the recognition university credits, the Centre “Rights and Science” will issue a participation diploma for each participant



The Course will allow the continuous training of the persons dealing with research activities as well as of the officers involved in the administrative management of projects.

In particular so it will carried out in a contexts where the different components of the research activities (researchers and administrative staff will work together).

The impact will be constituted by the increase of the capacity of the persons (and the University and other bodies involved) to carry out the research activities and to better understand the EU integration in legal and bioethical issues of the research and innovation.

Discipline of audience

Natural Science, Medicine, Law, Administration and Management

International Congress “Individual Rights as Dimension of the European Research Area”