Life sciences create never-ending changes and innovations. These developments generate many consequences, which bioethics and the law have to face in order to avoid cons and favour pros.
In order to effectively communicate the law of life sciences (LLL), it is critical to understand both its object (as challenging as it is) and the changing that law itself has to join.
The course aims at studying the main principles of LLL, focusing, at the same time, on the required legal mutations.
Carlo Casonato: Law and life sciences: legal innovation and biological innovation
Lucia Busatta: The challenges of technological innovation in medicine: how do healthcare systems change?
Marta Tomasi: Science, pseudoscience, and the law: vaccinations and not validated innovative therapies
Carlo Casonato received a PhD in “Fundamental Liberties in Comparative Law” (1996) from the University of Trento and is now a full professor of Comparative Constitutional Law.
In 2003 he was a visiting professor at the Chicago-Kent College of Law (IIT) where he taught a course on Law and Bioethics.
He conducted research at a number of universities, including Oxford (2012), Harvard (2009), Berkeley (2006), the University of Toronto (2000), the University of Lancaster (1999), the Centre de recherche en Droit public of the Université de Montréal (1995) and the University of the Basque Country in San Sebastian (1993).
He is the director of the Biolaw Project and of a nationally-funded project on “The impact of Biotechnological Innovations on Fundamental Rights: An Interdisciplinary and Comparative Survey” (FIRB). He has also served as President of the Bioethical Committee of the Trento Province and is now vice-President of the University of Trento IRB on human experimentation.
Lucia Busatta (PhD in Comparative and European Legal Studies, University of Trento, 2012) is a post-doc Research Fellow at the Department of Public, International and EU Law of the University of Padua. She also teaches Legislation and organisation of health and social services for families at the School of Psychology of the same University.
Since 2009, Lucia collaborates with BioLaw Project at the Faculty of Law of the University of Trento and since 2014 she is the Associate Editor of BioLaw Journal – Rivista di Biodiritto.
Her research interests include the right to healthcare, social rights, migration law, reproductive rights and disabilities studies.
Marta Tomasi (PhD in Comparative and European Legal Studies) currently holds a post-doc position at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, where she teaches public law. In the past few years she conducted research and teaching activities for the University of Trento and for the European Centre for Law, Science and New Technologies of the University of Pavia.
Her main fields of interest are comparative constitutional law, biolaw and bioethics, the protection of fundamental rights in biomedicine, children’s rights, immigration law.
She is the author of several papers published in national and international scientific journals.
She’s part of the Biolaw Project of the Faculty of Law in Trento and she is one of the Associate Editors of BioLaw Journal – Rivista di BioDiritto.