Paula  Casal Ribas

Paula Casal Ribas

Universitat Pompeu Fabra


Paula Casal works at UPF's Law Department, having held positions at Reading University (2004-8) and Keele University (1996-2004). She was also Fellow in Ethics at Harvard University (1999-2000), a Keele Junior Research Fellow, also at Harvard (2000-1), Hoover Fellow at Université Catholique de Louvain (2001-02), Leverhulme Research Fellow at the University of Oxford (2002-4) and Christopher Family Fellow at Stanford University (2018). Her work has appeared in journals like Ethics, Economics and Philosophy, Journal of Medical Ethics, Journal of Moral PhilosophyJournal of Political Philosophy, Hypatia, Political Studies and Utilitas. She is Associate Editor of Politics, Philosophy & Economics, Law, Ethics and Philosophy, Co-Director of the UPF Center for Animal Ethics, and President of the Great Ape Project-Spain. 

Research interests

My main field is distributive justice, which is a part of political philosophy that examines how social institutions should distribute benefits and burdens within a family or a nation-state, or across countries or generations. This requires assessing general principles (including equality, priority, and sufficiency) as well as policy responses (such as taxation and public spending proposals) to specific problems like gender inequality, local and global poverty or climate change. I have written from a biologically-informed perspective about gender, nonhuman animals, personhood and the distinction between natural and social inequality. I have also written about more specific issues, such as how to distribute the costs of child-rearing, the right to sea-access for landlocked states, the moral limits on religious and cultural accommodation, xenotransplantation and the Non-Identity Problem, and the distinction medical ethicists draw between therapy and enhancement.

Selected publications

- Casal P 2023, 'Gender and Responsibility', Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Responsibility, ed. M Kiener, Routledge, London, pp. 442-445.
- Krattenmachen, J, Casal P et al. 2023, 'Universities Should Lead on the Plant-Based Dietary Transition', The Lancet Planetary Health, 7, 5, E354 - E355.
- Casal P & Montes M 2023, 'Fatal Attractions. The Ethics of Persuasion in the Animal-Based Entertainment Industry', Animal Suffering and Public Relations, ed. N Almiron, Routledge, London, pp. 72-87.
- Casal P 2023, 'Some Humans are not Persons and Some Nonhuman Animals are Persons', Mètode, 116, pp. 16-22, Moments of Science, 1.

Selected research activities

Keynotes: Univ. A Ruiz de Montoya, Peru 27/1; Collège Internat de Philosophie 17/5; Triennial Conference Analytical Philosophy, Univ. Vienna 21/8; Univ. Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia 22/8; Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland, Oregon and UNMSM, 20/9; Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Cataluña, 10/10; Internat Conference The Factual Animal, Univ. Valencia 28/11-1/12.
Talks: Conference Univ. Kitakyusu, Japan 8/4; Conference UPF-Univ. Laval 18/5: Workshop UPF- Univ. York 9/6; Discrimination Conference, Univ. Aarhus 16/8.
Organized: with P Turmel, Festival of Ideas UPF-Univ. Laval, Canada 18-20/5; J Sebo Workshop UPF 14/12; Political Philosophy Workshop, UPF 14/12.
Edited: monographic of Revista Cultural 142, with 7 contributions to animal ethics.
Supervised: LS de la Sierra's PhD Climate, Migration & Corrective Duties 12/12; J Recasens' MA Climate Insurance as Compensation Mechanism. A Baldacchino's MA Limiting Family Size.
Evaluated: Swiss National Science Foundation and Agencia Estatal de Investigación Grants.
Directed: Center for Animal Ethics, which organized numerous seminars, held meetings with vicerrectors of sustainability and produced reports on Wildboar Culling 6/3, Octopus Farms 12/4 & Blood Farms 9/6.
Media: Long interviews in 142 Revista Cultural, pp. 50-54, 8/4; and La Vanguardia, Argentina 3/2.