Health Law and Bioethics

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1.1.- Legal protection of health data.

This line of research is part of the implementation of autonomous projects of a legal nature, or in the cross-sectional contribution to biomedical projects that require the corresponding analysis of the impact of the right to privacy by the proposed actions. This line includes the bio-legal analysis of the uses and applications of big data in health and the studies on access and preservation of the clinical history.

1.2.- Informed consent in the assistance and in the investigation.

It addresses informed consent, a legal figure from the double dimension of healthcare practice and research activity. Within this line, the abandonment of the conception of informed consent as a defensive medicine tool and its redesign as a tool for empowerment and doctor-patient communication.

1.3.- Reproductive rights and assisted reproduction techniques.

It confronts reproductive rights from a double perspective: negative and positive. From the first one, the scope of the "right to non-procreation" is examined with the links that this has with the problem of sterilization, both voluntary and forced in case of incapacitated persons. From the positive side ("right to procreate"), the determination of the bio-legal scope of assisted human reproduction techniques forms part of this line of research.

1.4.- Legal and ethical dimension of the transplanting activity.

In addition to examining the regulation of transplants, both living donor and deceased donor, and the analysis that raises the complex dynamic transplant, this line specifically addresses the so-called principle of self-sufficiency, the problem of the shortage of organs and tissues and the progressive integration of public policies regarding organ donation and transplantation.

1.5.- Legal aspects of vaccines.

This line includes the dialectic voluntary vaccination - compulsory vaccination, the problem of off-label vaccines, the transparency and homogeneity of the vaccination calendar and, finally, consent in minors and responsibility derived from vaccination (or, where appropriate, non-vaccination).

1.6.- Medical responsibility.

In this line, we address civil, criminal and administrative litigation liability for damages caused by defective health services and products.


2.1.- Extrajudicial resolution of conflicts in the sanitary field (health mediation).

The articulation of hetero-compositive tools for extrajudicial resolution of health conflicts-internal and external-is studied, presided over by the principles of voluntariness, impartiality and agility.

2.2.- Normative articulation of waiting lists.

The normative approach of the phenomenon of waiting lists is studied:

  • reimbursement of healthcare expenses in cases of assistance provided by means other than the NHS
  • compensation for patrimonial liability of the Public Administrations, when the delay has caused damage.
  • maximum time guarantee systems.

2.3.- Normative Impact Analysis of health programs.

Within the framework of these policies to improve regulation, the Normative Impact Analysis is configured as a method to assess the different existing regulatory options to achieve a specific health objective, as well as the positive and negative effects of each one. of them.

2.4.- Health organization, hiring and human resources.

It addresses the study of flexible organizational and legal models in the field of human resources management models and health contracts, through the analysis of innovative public procurement and HTA

2.5.-Globalization and Health Law: Global Health Law.

The category of Global Health Law is studied, the globalization of the health phenomenon and its incidence in health care, especially through the international treaties on cross-border assistance, pharmaceutical patents and foreign trade of drugs.

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