Dr. Elena Atienza Macías

Sports Law in Bilbao, Spain

Dr. Elena Atienza Macías

Sports Law in Bilbao, Spain

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Elena Atienza-Macías has been a Researcher at the Inter-University Chair in Law and the Human Genome, University of Deusto and University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU since December 2009 (6 years), where she coordinates the periodical publications of the Chair, namely the Law and the Human Genome Review and the Chair´s monographs.

She is currently a Research Assistant at The Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) Genome Project —part of the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC)— project developed at the University of Deusto.

She has also been a member of the Biscay Bar Association since February 2007. She has collaborated in the legal department of The Basque Association of Chemical Companies–AVEQ, part of the Employers' Confederation of Biscay–CEBEK, in the area of Environmental Law (2008-2009) as well as other companies in the energy sector.


Law Degree from the University of Deusto (Bilbao Campus), specialising in Private and Business Law (2000-2005).

In 2005 and 2006, she prepared for examinations in labour law. She is an Occupational Health and Safety Senior Technician specializing in Occupational Safety and Health (2009).

In October 2012 she was awarded a Master’s Degree in Fundamental Rights and the Public Powers of the University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU (Bilbao Campus). This Master has achieved the “Mention of Excellence” by the Ministry of Education. Her final dissertation project was an analysis of the legal implications on the use of biological samples and personal data for the purposes of doping control in the sport sector.

In March 2016 she was awarded the title of Doctor in Law (International mention) from the University of Deusto, with a distinction "cum laude" given unanimously for her doctoral thesis. Her thesis concerning The legal and ethical implications of the use of performance enhancing drugs and new doping practices in sport, has been supervised by Prof. Dr. iur Dr. med. Dr. h. c. mult. Carlos María Romeo Casabona and Prof. Dr. Aitziber Emaldi Cirión.

She has been a Visiting researcher at the Centre for Biomedical Law and a Visiting Lecturer, University of Coimbra (Portugal).

  • Work
    • Inter-University Chair in Law and the Human Genome
  • Education
    • University of Deusto (Law Degree)
    • University of the Basque Country (Master´s Degree)
    • University of Coimbra (Research Internship)