Science and Law Dialogues

A space for analysis and debate between scientists and lawyers

Fide and the Garrigues Foundation, in view of the intense influence that scientific and technological advances have on society, have decided to collaborate closely in researching this process. With the aim of detecting those fields of innovation that are going to demand an urgent response from legislators and a decisive contribution from the law, they jointly develop these dialogues

It is a fact that scientific and technological advances are far ahead of the legal codification that must protect and regulate their development, so that social and economic progress can be guaranteed with the least possible inequalities and distortions. In each historical period, the legal establishment has had and has known how to take on the realities and challenges of the time in which it has lived, and will have to do so again now. It is certainly not about trying to direct, control or limit scientific advances - an absolutely impossible task - but it is about knowing more closely and more thoroughly both its current development and its potential. We must correct this deficit that affects our world as a whole, at an academic, judicial and professional level.


The working groups that we call are made up of professionals of the highest prestige in the different professional, academic, business, scientific or administrative fields, these groups reflect on the most relevant legal issues and advances in science and make proposals for specific regulation or jurisprudential interpretation.

Gender self-determination and Law
science, economics and law
The end of life
COVID-19 Working Group
DNA: The Value of Forensic Evidence and the Limits of Its Use
neuroscience and law

Other areas of activity

In parallel to the working groups, the Science and Law Commission organizes debate sessions every year to advance topics of a very diverse nature. These sessions bring together lawyers and scientists in a reduced format and seek to advance the dialogue on the issues that the Commission considers of primary need.

Modular Program and Master in Science and Law 2022-2023

It is time to build the way for the Law to be placed next to science and technology because only in this way will it be able to respond to the challenges that the avalanche of new scientific and technological knowledge is generating in the societies of this Third Millennium.

Science and Law Blog

This blog collects the opinion of professionals who regularly participate in Science-Law dialogues. in no caso represents the opinion of the Foundation Fide, the Garrigues Foundation or the Science and Law Commission.

Discover all the activities of the Science and Law Commission

We summarize here the activities that have been carried out since the inception of the Commission in 2014.

Click on each year to see the activities that took place that year.

  • Scientific and legal dialogues, 16/06/2014
  • Scientific foundations of a policy to suppress doping in sport, 02/12/2014
  • Ways and methods of approaching knowledge: Interdisciplinarity, transcience, Omniscopic y Culturalomics, 03/02/2015
  • Research with Medicines in minors: what peculiarities do pediatric Clinical Trials present? 26/02/2015
  • Legal decisions in environments of scientific uncertainty. Problems and strategies, 09/06/2015
  • The challenges of genomics, 29/06/2015
  • Beyond the stillness 21/10/2015
  • Scientific policy and economic development, 18/11/2015
  • Effects of Medications on Children: Where is the Difference? 25/01/2016
  • Presentation of the Dialogues with Science, 02/02/2016
  • The future of regenerative medicine, from stem cells to organ generation, 10/02/2016
  • Towards the cure of childhood cancer: from clinical trial to individualized medicine, 16/03/2016
  • The digital transformation of healthcare: Towards a holistic vision of healthcare, Big Data and Collective Intelligence, 11/04/2016
  • Longevity, cryopreservation and biological immortality, 14/04/2016
  • Artificial Intelligence: Progress and challenges, 21/04/2016
  • Big Data and Collective Intelligence: Current status of the European / Spanish regulation of Apps in the field of health, 05/05/2016
  • Artificial intelligence: legal aspects, 14/06/2016
  • The future of Work and Technology, horizon 2050, 27/09/2016
  • How valid are forensic evidence?" 16/01/2017
  • The difficult dialogue between law and genetics. Beyond bioethics, 2/02/2017
  • Personalized medicine: A change in the concept of disease, 22/03/17
  • Neurosciences applied to the field of advertising, marketing and communication, 2/10/2017
  • Does the brain create reality? 19/4/18
  • Autonomous cars. Challenges, opportunities and legislative barriers, 23/5/18
  • ABC of Artificial Intelligence and Neuroscience, 1/10/18
  • Patient autonomy, 5/3/19
  • Presentation of the Recommendations for the correct use of DNA analysis for forensic purposes, 19/3/19
  • Movement problems anti-vaccine and impact on public health, 11/4/19
  • AI and democracy in the XNUMXst century. Initiatives and challenges, 21 / 1 / 2020.
  • Exploration of the Solar System: biological contamination and other associated risks, 10/2/2020
  • Genomic data and Covid: ethical and legal aspects, 25 / 01 / 2021


Executive Summaries

Ways and methods of approaching knowledge

February 3th 2015

Research The use of medication on minors

February 26th 2015

Nanotech: The Tsunamy

March 11th 2015


March 24th 2015

Democracy and Social Networks

May 12th 2015

Beyond the stillness

21th October 2015

Scientific policy and economic development

November 18th 2015

Towards a cure for childhood cancer

March 16th 2016

Artificial Intelligence- Progress and Challenges

March 21th 2016

How valid is forensic evidence?

16 January 2017

The difficult dialogue between law and genetics. Beyond bioethics

February 2th 2017

Customised Medicine: A change in the concept of disease

March 22th 2017

Neuromarketing: Neurosciences applied to the field of advertising, marketing and communication

2th October 2017

ABC of Artificial Intelligence and Neuroscience

 1th October 2018

Problems of anti-vaccine movements and impact on public health

April 11th 2019


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Antonio Garrigues-Walker

President of the Garrigues Foundation

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Cristina Jimenez Savurido

President of Fide

Pedro Barreno

Pedro Garcia Barreno

Doctor of Medicine and emeritus professor at the Complutense University.

Commission Members

Ignatius Astarloa

Lawyer of the General Courts and Lawyer. CMS Albiñana Suárez de Lezo Consultant. Professor of Parliamentary, Constitutional and Administrative Law at ICADE.

Ignacio Ayerdi

Former President Philips Iberica.

Angel carracedo

Professor of Legal Medicine at the University of Santiago de Compostela.

Maria Emilia Casas

Professor of Labor and Social Security Law.

Ignacio Diez-Picazo

Lawyer. Professor of Procedural Law, UCM.

Carlos Esposito

Professor of Public International Law at the Autonomous University of Madrid.

Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega

President of the Council of State.

Luis Miguel Gonzalez de la Garza

Doctor of Law and professor of Constitutional Law and State Theory at UNED.

Ramon Lopez de Mantaras

Research Professor of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) and Founder and Former Director of the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute of the CSIC.


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