Over the last century, the emergence of what would be called ‘biotechnology’ marked a major turning point in the life sciences field, and it showed how rapidly scientific research could give rise to concrete applications, and to a new area of the economy. Its emergence also became a bone of contention, the source of much regulatory attention and even a crystallised point of debate in the relation between science and the law – European Union law in particular.
However, it would be too simplistic to assume that the European legal texts dealing with life technologies exclusively relate to biotechnology. Actually, even in the sphere of EU law, the collection, preparation and distribution of human tissues and cells for transplantation or for medically assisted reproduction purposes are subject to harmonised rules. And, as life sciences progress, it can be expected that new, additional layers of regulation will become necessary in order to appropriately address their applications in other branches of medicine.
Although the relation between medical science and European legislation is one that is still confined to specific situations, it might well also evolve under the impetus, in particular, of genomics or single-cell technologies and give rise to new discussions in the legal community. This is why the law lab is undertaking research work about European law aspects relating to the areas, technologies or concepts as listed below.
From Biology to Biomedicine and Beyond
This online, specific laboratory has been set up in order to establish a new bridge between legal research and law practice.
It is in particular devoted to studying how - and to what extent - European legislation is able to regulate and adapt its rules to technologies making use of body substances or involving body processes, products and services that are derived therefrom.
A list of research areas covered by this law lab can be found on this page.
Stem Cell Technologies
3-D Bioprinting Activities
Transplantation & Biobanking Activities
Assisted Reproduction Technologies
Genome Editing Technologies
Bioinformatics & Big Data
The Quantified Body
The Transparent Body
The Body within Augmented Space
eHealth and mHealth, etc.