Paula Lobato de Faria has a degree in Law, in the branch of legal and economic sciences, from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon, a DEA in health law from the University of Bordeaux and a PhD in Law from the Montesquieu University (Bordeaux-France). Her PhD has been recognized as a doctorate in public law by the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (NOVA University). She is associate professor of the National School of Public Health at NOVA, where she coordinates the Doctoral Program in Public Health and the Department of Social Sciences in Health.
Her main activity is to teach and to develop research in health law, biolaw and research ethics in Portugal and abroad. Since 2004, she is the coordinator of a project for academic exchange with the department of health law, bioethics and human rights of the Boston University School of Public Health, within which three international seminars had already take place in 2005, 2007 and 2011. She worked as a researcher at the University of Oslo on a biobanks legal and social aspects project and collaborated on several expert panels within the European Commission in 2005, where she was independent observer of the evaluation process of projects in the area of the Risk Governance and Ethics Programme (FP6-2005-Science-and-Society). From 1998 to 2002 she coordinated the National Committee of the United Nations Decade for Human Rights Education in Portugal. She also contributed in the drafting of national legislation in the fields of communicable diseases and confidentiality of genetic data.
She has published articles and chapters in national and international books and journals about the conceptualization of health law, as well as the legal and juridical aspects of the health system, the responsibility of professionals and healthcare facilities, patient safety, protection and confidentiality of health information, the rights and duties of patients and biobanks, being the author, among others, of Medical Law in Portugal, monograph and chapter of the International Encyclopaedia of Laws (Kluwer editions, 2010).
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