All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way
(Anna Karenina, 1877)
I am a Lecturer in Civil Law at Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona). I have been conducting research at the Oxford Centre for Family Law and Policy (Oxford University, 2005-2006), Cornell Law School (Cornell University, 2007-2008) and Autonomous University of Madrid (2013-2014), among other institutions.
My main research interests lie in the field of family law and its intersections with other fields, such as bioethics, torts, contracts and inheritance law. My Ph.D. thesis focused on disputes over frozen embryos after divorce (IV Extraordinary Ph.D. in Law Prize, Pompeu Fabra University, 2011). It was followed by a book on consent to assisted reproductive technologies (Consentimiento a la reproducción asistida. Crisis de pareja y disposición de embriones, Atelier, 2011), which was awarded the XIV Prize for Bioethical Research (Fundació Víctor Grífols i Lucas, 2012). I have published several works, mainly on topics such as family self-determination, legal remedies to torts among family members, parentage -with special attention to parentage resulting from access to assisted reproductive technologies- and the effectiveness of surrogacy agreements.
I am a member of the Harmonization Section of the Codification Committee of Catalonia, which is part of the Justice Department of the Catalan Government, and have been a member of the Bioethics Committee of Catalonia working group on the right to know one’s biological and genetic origins. Currently I am part of two research projects being carried out at Pompeu Fabra University and Autonomous University of Madrid, respectively, on reproductive freedom and building family relationships and family self-determination in Spain and Latin America on the 21st century.