Francisco D'Agostino (Rome, 1946) graduated from the University of Rome in 1968 with a law degree. He studied philosophical-legal studies in Germany, at the University of Bonn, and in Switzerland at the University of Fribourg.
He became, after a national competition, an Ordinary Assistant of Law Philosophy in the University of Rome in 1971.
In 1974 he was appointed to the Philosophy of Law in the Faculty of Law of the University of Catania from 1974. He was re-appointed until 1980.
In 1980 he won the competition for Philosophy of Law and Philosophy of Politics. In the same year he was called to hold as Professor of Law Philosophy in the Faculty of Law of the University of Catania.
In 1983 was appointed as Ordinary Professor. He remained at the University of Catania from 1989 to1990.
Since 1990 has been teaching, in the Faculty of Law of the University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Philosophy of Law and General Legal Theory.
From 2012 to 2013 presided the Scientific Committee of the Course of Perfection in Bioethics and Biolegal of the University of Rome Tor Vergata.
He headed from 2005/2006 to 2007-2008 the Department of History and Theory of Law of the University of Rome Tor Vergata.
He was Professor of Bioethics in the Faculty of Political Science of LUISS, from 1998/1999 to 2009/2010.
He regularly teaches courses at the Pontifical Lateran University, the Free University for Social Studies Guido Carli, the Free University Maria SS. Assunta (Lumsa), the European University of Rome, the Pontifical University of Rome St. Cross, the Pontifical University Queen Apostolorum.
He is Co-Director of the International Journal of Philosophy of Law and Legal Archive.
Is a Member of the Directive Council of Justice, the Archives de Philosophie du Droit, of Ars Interpretandi, Prudentia Juris (Buenos Aires), of the Archives of philosophie pénale and the Revue hellénique des droits de l'homme.
Member of the Scientific Committee of the Journal of Philosophy of Law, The Arch of Janus, Journal of Moral Theology, Paradoxa, Dialogues, Persona y Derecho,
Ephemerides Iuris Canonici and Res Publica (Journal of International Historical-Political Studies), Bioethics and Culture.
Is co-director for Giappichelli in the column The Recta Ratio. Texts and studies of Philosophy of Law, in which has appeared in more than one hundred volumes and Director, for the publishing house Sao Paulo, of the column The Reasons of Law.
Visiting Professor in several foreign universities (Paris II, Athens, Freiburg, Madrid Complutense, Navarre, Valencia, Granada, Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile).
Member since 06.05.2000 of the Pontifical Academy pro Vita.
Consultant of the Pontifical Council pro Familia.
Editor of "Avvenire"
Has published articles in Corriere della Sera, Il Messaggero, Il Foglio, L'Osservatore Romano, Il Sole-24 Ore, La Repubblica.
Saint Benedict Prize of the Sublacense Foundation (Subiaco).
Golden Pen Award for Science (National Prize for Culture in Journalism - 9 July 2005 - Rieti)
Monsignor Pompeo Sarnelli Award, City of Bisceglie - 16.12.2006.
Western Elemento Prize for Bioethics, Jesi - May 23, 2009
International Prize for Catholic Culture, Bassano del Grappa – 6.11.2009
Giuseppe Capograssi Award for Law (Sulmona).
Member of the Scientific Council of the Magna Carta Foundation.
Member of the Scientific Council of the Institute of the Italian Encyclopedia.
Member of the Scientific Council of the Publishing House STUDIUM.
Coordinator of the Scientific Council of the Sublacense Life and Family Foundation.
Member of the Scientific Council of the Italian Society of Law Philosophy (2009-2013).
Member of the Ministerial Commission of Study on Homologated Artificial Fertilization appointed in 1990 by the Minister of Health and presided by Fernando Santosuosso.
President of the Ministerial Commission for the Study of Cryopreserved Embryos in the PMA Center appointed by decree of the Minister of Labor, Health and Social Policy Sacconi on 23.6.2009
Member of the National Committee for Bioethics since 1990.
Chairman of the National Committee for Bioethics from 1995 to 1998 and from 2002 to 2006. In this position, participated in the meetings of the Bioethics Committees of EU countries. He is currently Honorary President of the National Committee for Bioethics.
Member from 2005 to 2008 of the Ethics Committee of CONI.
Francisco D'Agostino is the author of more than nine hundred publications, including books, scientific articles, pre-studies, reviews, editorials.
He has published the following notable bioethical books:
1. Bioethics, in the perspective of Philosophy of Law, 3rd edition, Turin, Giappichelli, 1998, pp. 354. (Spanish Tr.: Bioética. Estudios de Filosofia del Derecho, EIUNSA, 2003; tr. French at le Presses de l'Université Laval, 2005; Tr. Portuguese, Bioética, segundo or enfoque da philosophy do said, Editoria Unisinos, Sao Leopoldo, 2006, pp. 329).
2. Words of Bioethics, Turin, Giappichelli, 2004, pp. 228.
3. Bioethics. Basics (with Laura Palazzani), Brescia, La Scuola, 2007, 2nd edition 2013, pp. 335.
4. Introduction to Biopolitics, Rome, Aracne, 2009, pp. 205.
5. Beliefs in the family, Cinisello Balsamo, Sao Paulo, 2010, pp. 107.
6. Bioethics and Biopolitics. Twenty-one fundamental voices, Turin, Giappichelli, 2011, pp. 241.
He edited the publication of the following bioethical notebooks:
1. Law and corporality. Studies collected by F. D'Agostino, Milan, Jaca Book, 1984, pp. 145.
2. Plurality of cultures and universality of rights, Studies by F. D'Agostino, Turin, Giappichelli, 1996, pp. 380.
3. Bioethics, human rights and multi-ethnicity. Immigration and the National Health System, edited by F. Compagnoni and F.D'Agostino, Cinisello Balsamo, Sao Paulo, 2001, pp. 398.
4. Sterilization as a biolegal problem, Turin, Giappichelli, 2002, pp. 151.
5. The de-formed body. New paths of personal identity, edited by F. D'Agostino, Milan, Giuffrè, 2002, pp. 281.
6. Multicultural dynamics and social health services in Italy, edited by F. Compagnoni and F. D'Agostino, Cinisello Balsamo, Sao Paulo, 2003, pp. 300.
7. The intercultural comparison: bioethical debates and legal practices, edited by F. Compagnoni and F. D'Agostino, Cinisello Balsamo, Sao Paulo, 2003, pp. 440.
8. Body exhibited, body violated, body sold, body donated. New forms of legal relevance of the human body, edited by F. D'Agostino, Milan, Giuffrè, 2003, pp. 221
9. Darwinism and problems of justice, edited by F. D'Agostino, Milan, Giuffrè, 2008, pp. 171.