Studies on the relationship between science and law have been extensively conducted in the United States, and above all are based on investigating the communication of science in the courts. In Italy there are no studies about this issue so far, also because the different legal system (civil law), in comparison with the American system (common law), don’t permit to take advantage of the previous researches already existent.

Starting from the differences of the studies already available on relationship between science and law, the aim of the research is to investigate what kind of scientific communication is consumed, where the laws are composed in Italy: the Parliament. The main focus will be on the proposals for a living will act (11 proposals are under evaluation in the Commissione Igiene e Sanità del Senato Italiano).

The dialogue among all the participants (scientists, bioethicists, jurists, patients association and of course parliamentarians), during the composition of the proposals of law regarding science, will be analyzed using the texts of the formal auditions at the Parliament and semi‐ structured interviews. At the end of the research, it will be possible to draw a scheme of the science communication flow among all the characters involved in and to highlight the main features of this kind of process.

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Scientific communication in the Italian Parliament
The case study of the living will law proposals

Angela Simone   ISAS‐International School of Advanced Studies

Simone Greco   ISAS‐ International School of Advanced Studies

Studies on the relationship between science and law have been extensively conducted in the United States, and above all are based on investigating the communication of science in the courts. In Italy there are no studies about this issue so far, also because the different legal system (civil law), in comparison with the American system (common law), don’t permit to take advantage of the previous researches already existent.

Starting from the differences of the studies already available on relationship between science and law, the aim of the research is to investigate what kind of scientific communication is consumed, where the laws are composed in Italy: the Parliament. The main focus will be on the proposals for a living will act (11 proposals are under evaluation in the Commissione Igiene e Sanità del Senato Italiano).

The dialogue among all the participants (scientists, bioethicists, jurists, patients association and of course parliamentarians), during the composition of the proposals of law regarding science, will be analyzed using the texts of the formal auditions at the Parliament and semi‐ structured interviews. At the end of the research, it will be possible to draw a scheme of the science communication flow among all the characters involved in and to highlight the main features of this kind of process.

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