Knowledge is like a vessel that needs to be infused with new insight as bioethical developments arise and cause us to differentiate our challenges for the future from those of the past. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach, this group challenges and explores not only the fundamental rights and interests of humans and other animals as a continuum of cognitive ability, but addresses how, together, we can shape the future so that innovation and moral principles are in balance. We will be the interdisciplinary group of legal and medical professionals, biologists, bioethicists, philosophers, and economists, who reflect the moral center of the Union Internationale des Avocats.




The Biotechnology Law Commission was established within UIA in 1999 pursuant to the initiative of Mr. Alain BENSOUSSAN who served as the first President. Ms. Geneviève AUGENDRE was the next President, followed by Mr. Bâtonnier Augusto LOPES CARDOSO, and thereafter followed by Ms. Barbara J. GISLASON.




2016 Homology of Medicine and Food: New Legislation and New Policy in the Era of Gene
2015 Brain Sofware, Genomics and Personalized Medicine: Legal and Biotechnology Challenges
2014 Biotechnology Law and New Frontiers


2018 What do the applications of Gene Editing, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Bring to the Fields of Life Science, Medical Supply, Food Supply and Environmental Impact?
2017 Artificial Intelligence and the Kill Switch: Biotech and High Tech Companies Grow Up
2016 Hacking Pacemakers and Beyond: Cybersecurity Issues in Healthcare
2015 Risk Management, the Brain, and Lawyer Best Practices
2014 Innovation, Health and the Right to Know: The Law of Food, Fiber & Toxins
2013 Biotechnology and Neuroscience
2012 The Right to Medical Treatment
2011 Life Sciences and the Biotechnology Economy: How Far Should We Go? (with the Intellectual Property Law Commission)
2010 Assisted Reproductive Technology
2009 The Principle of Autonomy
2008 Biotechnology and Food Security
2007 The Right of Web 2.0 Identity and Virtual Identity
2006 The Exchange on Nominal Data and Cross Border Flow The Birth Resulting From a Fault
2005 Genetic Data Base: The Digital World Presents a Challenge for the Law The Study of a Case of Body Damages from its First Report to Inquiry, Preparation and Presentation of the Case and the Judicial Decision The Rights of Children Under Islam (with the Commission on Children’s Law)The Rights of the Digital Man: Problems and Experiences
2004 Genetic Therapy and Ethics Evolution of the Possibility of Research on Embryos What Health for our Children? (with the Commission on Children’s Law)
2003 Genetic Tests and Data
2002 The Patentability of Living Matter
2000 Cloning: Ethical and Juridical Aspects Experimentation and Protocols in Respect to Therapeutic Testing
1999 Evidence in Matters Involving Biotechnology The Situation of the Patentability of the Human Genome




Please let me know how you would prefer this Commission grow and identify what contributions you would like to make, including in a leadership role. Your ideas and communications are important and appreciated. Thank you for letting me serve you.

Andrew Grosso E-mail: agrosso@att.net.


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