LAWS6914 - Genetics and the Law
- This unit will examine the scope and limitations of existing regulation of genetic technologies with respect to humans; consider recent scientific and technological innovations in the area of human genetics and the role and effectiveness of law in managing these new developments and evaluate the role of law as a means to control both the development of new genetic technologies and the utilisation of existing technologies.
This will include a specific focus on: individual decision-making versus responsibility for genetic risk, individual versus group rights, genetic privacy, genetic discrimination, reproductive autonomy, and ownership and control of genetic information and research developments. Specific issues covered will include: regulatory limits on the use of genetic screening including of adults, children and newborns; prenatal genetic testing and genetic testing of adults and children; the regulation of genetic registers; protecting genetic information privacy and the problem of familial information; measures to control genetic discrimination in employment and insurance; the regulation of genetic research; and the establishment of biobanks and the concept of genomic property.
- Class Presentation (20%)
- 8000 Word Essay (80%)
Semester 1 Intensive
22 March, 19 April & 3, 17 May 2013
The timetable is subject to frequent changes. Please refer to the latest version of the Postgraduate Timetable.
You can credit this unit towards Legal Professional Development (LPD). Units of study that are part of Sydney Law School’s Postgraduate Program meet the necessary Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) of the Law Society of New South Wales and the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements of the New South Wales Bar Association. You may complete this unit of study by enrolling on a non-degree basis or on an audit basis only with no assessment via Single Unit Enrolment.