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Bulgarian Center for Bioethics (BCB)

Sofia, Bulgaria



Assya Pascalev, Ph.D., the Center’s Director, is an internationally known ethicist with expertise in biomedical ethics, end-of-life ethics and food ethics, and a leading Bulgarian expert on biomedical ethics. Dr. Pascalev holds a doctoral degree in applied philosophy and has extensive academic experience teaching philosophy and bioethics. Dr. Pascalev was a member of the Scientific Committee of the 10th World Congress of Bioethics (Singapore, 2010). She is a member of ESOT and ELPAT,  the American Philosophical Association and the international network Bioethics Without Borders. She is also an Editorial Board member of the Open Ethics Journal (Bentham). Dr. Pascalev was co-leader of Work Package 2 of the EULOD project.
Jordan Yankov, M.A., is a junior researcher at BCB and an expert on complex non-linear systems in society and economy. His background is in philosophy with a concentration in social and political philosophy. He conducts research on the intersection of bioethics, law, policy and economics.


Bulgarian Center for Bioethics (BCB)

The Bulgarian Center for Bioethics (BCB) is a private not-for-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) located in Sofia, Bulgaria. Established in 2004, BCB works to advance and promote the development of bioethics in Bulgaria. BCB’s main activities are research, education, consultation and advocacy in all areas of bioethics including medical ethics, research ethics, the ethics of biotechnology, and animal ethics. The ethics of organ donation has been a primary area of concern for BCB since its inception. BCB has provided consultations to the Bulgarian Ministry of Health on the ethics of clinical research and to the Commission on Human Rights and Religious Freedoms at the Bulgarian Parliament on the legal system for organ donation in Bulgaria. BCB is a member of the European Network “Ethics in Medicine and Biotechnology”-EURETH. BCB has been featured regularly in the Bulgarian media and the Center’s researchers participate actively in the national bioethics debates including the debate concerning the national system for organ donation in 2006-2007. The BCB’s researchers have expertise and numerous peer reviewed publications in the ethics of research, the structure of Ethics Commissions in Bulgaria, advance directives, biotechnology, regulatory issues in science and research, public health and health care management appearing in Bulgarian, English and German languages. BCB has a history of successful collaboration with leading Bulgarian and international academic, policy and legislative institutions and non-governmental organizations.

International Symposium

21 November 2014

Europol, The Hague,The Netherlands

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