Romanian Unit – UNESCO Chair in Bioethics

Public Lecture on Living Kidney Donation by Annette Lennerling

We have the pleasure to invite you at the public lecture of Assoc. Prof., RN, Ph.D. Annette Lennerling, from Sahlgrenska University Hospital & University of Gotheburg, Sweden. The guest will address the issue of “Ethical and Psychosocial Considerations of Living Kidney Donation: A Swedish Perspective”. The lecture is organized in the framework of RUUCIB, SCIRI, with the help of the Center for Applied Philosophy and the College of Political, Administrative and Communication Science.

The public lecture will take place on Monday, October 26th, 2015, at 16.00 hours, in room 10/I, the main building of Babes-Bolyai University (No. 1, M. Kogalniceanu Street, Cluj).

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RUUCIB members discuss bioethical issues at a National Symposium in Salistea de Sus, Maramures

Three researchers from RUUCIB – Sandu Frunza, Iulia Grad, and Mihaela Frunza – participated at the works of the VIIth National Symposium “Cultura si civilizatie in Maramures” in Salistea de  Sus, Maramures, on August 13-14, 2015. This year’s edition, a honorary one, was attended by specialists in various fields, from the Romanian Academy to university professors from various university cities in Romania (Cluj, Bucuresti, Timisoara, Arad, Baia Mare etc.). The organizers – Stefan Iuga (mayor of Salistea de Sus) and Simion Iuga (cultural referent) have managed to create a significant scientific and cultural event.

The presentation of Sandu Frunza and Iulia Grad touched upon the topic of “The symbolic dimension of ethics and politics in the communication of advertising” (in Romanian). They work together at the Department of Communication, PR and Advertising from Babes-Bolyai University. In their recent projects, they are both focusing on the topics of ethics and advertising. Sandu Frunza has summed up several ideas on biopolitics,  religion and political communication that he analyzed in the collective research grant CNCS – UEFISCDI, project number PN-II-ID-PCE-2011-3-0481. Meanwhile, Iulia Grad’s work on advertising and ethics has been supported by the Sectorial Operational Programme Human Resources Development (SOP HRD), financed from the European Social Fund and by the Romanian Government under the contract number SOP HRD/159/1.5/S/136077.

The other RUUCIB member, Mihaela Frunza, presented several insights on “Human dignity and organ trafficking. Ethical and juridical aspects” (in Romanian). The worrying realities of the trafficking in human persons for the purpose of organ removal (THBOR) were exposed and critically analyzed. The presentation attempted also to familiarize the audience with the recent developments of the HOTT project – the first European funded project on the topic of THBOR. The results of the project – with its important lessons – were discussed in the end of the presentation.

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Meeting between researchers in human trafficking in Iasi

Trafficking in human persons for the purpose of organ removal (THBOR) represents a world-wide phenomenon with alarming statistics. From 2012 onwards, the European Commission has started funding an international project that aims to increase the available knowledge on this crime – the HOTT project. During this year, the specialists are involved in disseminating the information collected during the research.

On July 31, 2015, Mihaela Frunza, project manager at SACRI, one of the partners of the HOTT project, attended a meeting with post-doctoral students in Iasi, at the Al. I. Cuza University, Department of Sociology and Social Work. Here she introduced the HOTT project and addressed the topic of publication as part of disseminating one’s research results. The meeting was conducted by Prof. Cristina Gavriluta, Ph.D., a former participant to COPING, a EU-funded project on human trafficking.

The two researchers discussed on various methods of establishing connections between professionals in different disciplines that are focusing on human trafficking, and the need for all professionals to exchange their knowledge and cooperate together.

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UNESCO Chair in Bioethics 11th World Conference BIOETHICS, MEDICAL ETHICS & HEALTH LAW

We have the pleasure to invite you to participate at the 11th World Conference in Bioethics, Medical Ethics and Health Law that will take place in Naples, Italy, between October 20-22, 2015.

Major topics of the conference include

  • Bioethics, Medical Ethics and Health Law
  • Ethics Committees
  • Biomedical Research and Experimentation
  • Forensic Medicine, Law and Ethics
  • Bioethics Education

The official site of the conference is

Abstracts are welcome until August 15, 2015.

ERASMUS Lecture: Bioethics and Sustainability

We have the pleasure to invite you at the lecture of Assoc. Prof. Dr. habil. Toth I. Janos, from the Philosophy Department of the University of Szeged, Hungary. The guest will address the issue of “Bioethics and Sustainability”.

The ERASMUS lecture will take place on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014, at 10.00 hours, in room 10/I, the main building of Babes-Bolyai University (No. 1, M. Kogalniceanu Street, Cluj).

Abstract of the lecture

The contemporary bioethics is interpreting the different medical issues from basically individualistic point of view of modernity. However, Potter and Jonas’s work shows that there is an approach to bioethics, the global bioethics, which places the survival of humanity at the center. This lecture analyzes in detail these authors from bioethical aspects of sustainability. In my opinion we need to go back to the thoughts of Jonas and Potter that is bioethics should be based on the idea of sustainability.
Potter and Jonas not only linked the survival of human race and the issue of ethics, but they also argued that the survival of humanity means the ultimate moral criterion. Therefore, all questions should be judged from the standpoint that they promote or limit the survival of humanity. According to this new (sustainability) ethics everything is good that promotes the survival of the human race and everything is bad that limits it. So the absolute goal is to maintain humanity and all the other goals are of secondary importance. In general, there is harmony between the survival of the individual and humanity. However, there may be special human interests (e.g. excessive consumption, too high or too low reproduction) that are contrary to humanity’s survival. In these cases, the obligations arising from sustainability should be given priority.


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Public Lecture: Ethical and Legal Aspects of THBOR

Mihaela Frunza, lecturer at the Department of Philosophy, Babes-Bolyai University, holds a public lecture on the topic “Ethical and Legal Aspects of THBOR (trafficking of human beings for the purpose of organ removal” in the framework of the conference Ethics – Organizational culture – Durable development.


The public lecture has been developed with the support of the HOTT Project.

The conference is jointly organized by the Faculty of History and Philosophy, the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work and the Faculty of Business, BBU.  The conference will take place at the Foundation of the European College, Cluj (No. 16, Bolintineanu street, Cluj), on Marh 28-29, 2014. The public lecture will begin at 18.45.

New Book: Advertising and Administration under the Pressure of Ethics

This month, Sandu Frunză published a new book titled „Advertising and Administration under the Pressure of Ethics”. The new book has been published at Editions de la SUERS.

The field of the book is applied ethics, with a particular focus on Ethics in Administration. Although not a bioethics book, it has two sub-chapters in bioethical topics, one on Euthanasia and the other on Abortion: „Euthanasia as a Public Debate Topic” and „Abortion as a Topic of Public Debate and Action”.