Research groups

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    Bioethics, Law and Society

    The main objective of the Consolidated Research Group “Bioètica, Dret i Societat”, which pertains to the Generalitat de Catalunya and comprises the nucleus of the OBD, is cross-disciplinary study of the ethical, legal and social implications arising from the development and application of biotechnology and biomedicine. Considering that the law constitutes a framework of agreement and rationalization whose binding nature is especially relevant, the group analyses regulatory framework where moral, legal and deontological rules converge, paying special attention to policies and their impact on citizens. Current topics of research include issues related to the commercialization of the human body and body parts, and the impact of the use of Big Data on the health and rights of people.

    Group leader: Maria Casado Gonzalez

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    Tax Law and Fiscal Policy

    The main objective of the Consolidated Research Group “Tax Law and Fiscal Policy” (SGR 2017 1699) is to elaborate proposals for regulatory changes or applied to the Spanish legal-tax system, aimed at improving efficiency and justice and tax collection results, without going into prejudice of the guarantees and rights of the taxpayers, in the light of the experiences that in this regard are analysed in other tax systems. Currently, the research of the members of the research group focuses on the interaction between technology and taxation, both in terms of the use of technology in the application of taxes, and in the influence of technology on the design of the latter.

    Group leader: Luis Manuel Alonso Gonzalez

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    International Law and European Union Law

    The priority research areas of the Consolidated Research Group on International Law and European Union Law (2017 SGR 1371 DIDUE) are, first, the relationship between the maintenance of international peace and security, as well as between international humanitarian law and the international protection of human rights. Secondly, it also deals with the deepening of the integration of the European Union and its legal consequences for citizens, an area in which the following lines are being analysed in the current period: on the one hand,  the coherence of EU regulations affecting private situations regulated by Private International Law and, on the other, the consequences raised by the modifications made in recent years in the sphere of Economic and Monetary Union. Finally, the group also conducts research into the regulatory challenges of modern biotechnology and the environmental problems of the contemporary world.

    Group leader: Andreu Olesti Rayo

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    Cultural rights and diversity

    The Group's objective is to study cultural and religious diversity in today's society, legal conflicts arising in relation to religious freedom and the management of this diversity are dealt by public authorities. It's proposed to work: a) the State's recognition of cultural and religious diversity in civil society since the neutrality of the State respect for equality and the duty of non-discrimination; b) the reduction of obstacles that prevent the social and political participation of marginalized cultural groups: it can be said that the State has a triple duty to "respect", "protect" and "ensure" full enjoyment; c) support for different groups to reproduce their "cultures".

    Group leader: Francisca Pérez Madrid

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    GRC Philosophy of Law, Morality and Politics

    The Research Group "Isocrathy: Philosophy of Law, Moral and Politics" was created by Professor Juan Ramón Capella in 1991. Dr. Capella has been and still is the main intellectual reference of its members. In 2009, José Antonio Estévez Araujo became the team leader and is currently its director. The group has obtained funding for 12 multi-year research projects. One of them was financed by the European Union. During this long trajectory, its main concern has been tracking and analyzing the legal and political mutations provoked by neoliberal globalization during the last three decades. At the present time, the team is concluding the edition of a book on the transformations of law in the 21st century in which experts from all legal areas take part. (https://www.isocratia.es/ )

    Group leader: Jose Antonio Estevez Araujo

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    Group of Catalan Civil Law UB-UAB

    This group is dedicated to the study and dissemination of Catalan, Spanish and European civil law and, fundamentally, the relationship between Catalan civil law and the latter. The aim is to build a body of doctrine, to accompany the legislative reforms of recent years in Catalonia and to meet the challenge of European Union requirements, especially in the context of the digital market. It also seeks to visualize solutions to problems related to housing and to further develop methods of extrajudicial conflict resolution between individuals as well as with the Administration. The group raises points of consideration on common problems in Europe and contributes to the approximation of legislation, integrating Catalan civil law in this process.

    Group leader: Esther Arroyo Amayuelas

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    Research Group on Local Government and Administration (GREGAL)

    The primary objective of the Research Group on Local Government and Administration (GREGAL), recognized as a Consolidated Research Group, is to study the current and future challenges facing our local governments. In this area, the group’s activities are oriented toward the theoretical-legal analysis of local autonomy, as well as the study of its social and institutional dimensions, with regard to both its democratic political-administrative configuration and the provision of public services.

    Group leader: Tomas Font Llovet

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    Research Group for the Quality of Democracy

    Quality of Democracy is a Research Group of the University of Barcelona and the IBEI aimed to analyze agenda dynamics and other areas of concern within political science, mainly political representation and the quality of democracy in multilevel systems of governance. The group is structured in six different areas: Agenda dynamics, interest groups, government-opposition relations, Europeanization, transparency and fight against corruption regulation, and political behavior in the social media. The group has developed a large number of datasets providing new tools for the development of quantitative measurement of policy dynamics. The members of this research group have published a number of books and articles in academic journals, and collaborate with international research networks like the Comparative Agendas Project. Research activities have been funded by institutions like the European Science Foundation, the Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad, the Agaur, or the ICREA foundation, among others. For more information, please visit: www.q-dem.com

    Group leader: Laura Chaques Bonafont

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    Grup of Research & Analysis on Public Administration (GRAPA)

    For the past few years I have been conducting research on various public authorities, more specifically, security institutions. Jobs that have been recognized with awards for scientific quality of the Ministry of Defense, the Army and the Spanish Association of Political Science and Administration. In the course of these projects an intercollegiate team has been developed, where collaborators has been in and out according to research projects, but it has established a network of interests and concerns shared complicity. In turn, as the result of performing my regular teaching as a professor at the University of Barcelona, a research associate professor IBEI CIDOB (Barcelona Institute for International Studies) and the CIS (Center for International Studies), I have supervised several and diverse doctoral thesis, but all under the umbrella concept of public administration. Studies that have expanded my interests to other Administrations and other facets of the administration and that have opened thus new research, many of these projects have mandatory group. From this reality and to new needs that it required us to form the idea of GRAPA.

    Group leader: Rafael Cesareo Martinez Martinez

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The research in numbers

  3 European research projects

  25 National research projects

  21 Doctoral theses completed in 2018-2019

  16 Research groups

Highlighted journal publications

    Highlighted journal publications
    Balance y transformaciones del sistema de partidos en España (1977-1987)

    Revista Española de Investigaciones Sociológicas (REIS)

    Cesáreo R. Aguilera de Prat

Highlighted book publications

    Highlighted book publications
    LET'S GOVERN TOGETHER The Formation of a Coalition Government

    Jordi Matas Dalmases

    Highlighted book publications
    El derecho, la ciudad y la vivienda en la nueva concepción del desarrollo urbano: desafíos transnacionales y transdisciplinarios de la gobernanza en la Nueva Agenda Urbana

    Coordinadors: Juli Ponce Solé, Oscar Capdeferro Villagrasa, Wellington Migliari

    Highlighted book publications
    La descoberta del dret romà a l'Occident medieval // The discovery of roman law in the medieval west

    Highlighted book publications
    Derecho electoral español

    Miguel Pérez-Moneo, Esther Pano Puey, María Garrote de Marcos

    2019

    Highlighted book publications
    Establecimiento permanente en la era Post-Beps

    Angelina Bauzá Martínez

    2019