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Associate Professor Colin Gavaghan

Director of New Zealand Law Foundation Centre for Law and Policy in Emerging Technologies

Associate Professor Colin GavaghanColin Gavaghan is the inaugural Director of the New Zealand Law Foundation in Emerging Technologies, and an associate professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Otago. 

Originally from the University of Glasgow, Colin has published extensively on a range of subjects, including legal and ethical questions raised by reproductive and genetic technologies, end of life issues and general medico-legal matters.

He is particularly interested in questions of justice in access to emerging technologies, and in questions of personal identity raised by them.

Recent publications

Defending the Genetic Supermarket: the law and ethics of selecting the next generation, RoutledgeCavendish, 2007.

‘Right problem, wrong solution: A pro-choice response to 'expressivist' concerns about preimplantation genetic diagnosis’, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 20-35.

‘A Tarasoff for Europe? A European Human Rights perspective on the duty to protect’, International Journal of Law and Psychiatry (2007); 30: 255-267.

‘“No gene for fate”? Luck, Harm and Justice in Andrew Niccol's Gattaca’, in Bioethics at the Movies, Shapshay, S., ed., Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.

‘Disability, identity and choice: embryo testing and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008’, Contemporary Issues in Law (2009); 9(3): 133-153

‘“You can’t handle the truth”; medical paternalism and prenatal alcohol use’, Journal of Medical Ethics (2009); 35(5): 300-303

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Publications

Gavaghan, C. (2017). Capacity and assisted dying. In M. J. Cholbi (Ed.), Euthanasia and assisted suicide: Global views on choosing to end life. (pp. 299-326). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Gavaghan, C. (2017, February). The genomics revolution: Emerging legal and ethical issues. Verbal presentation at the Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology ART Symposium, Wellington, New Zealand.

McMillan, J., Snelling, J., & Gavaghan, C. (2016). Psihopati, sigurnosno zatvaranje po punom izvršenju kazne zatvora i retorika rizika [Psychopaths, post-sentence preventive detention and the rhetoric of risk]. In S. Prijić-Samaržija, L. Malatesti & E. Baccarini (Eds.), Moralni, politički i epistemološki odgovori na društvene devijacije [Moral, political, epistemological responses to social deviations]. (pp. 201-217). Rijeki, Croatia: Filozofski facultet u Rijeci.

Gavaghan, C. (2016). Reproductive technologies and the search for regulatory legitimacy: Fuzzy lines, decaying consensus, and intractable normative problems. In R. Brownsword, E. Scotford & K. Yeung (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of the law and regulation of technology. (Online ed.) Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199680832.013.62

Geddis, A., & Gavaghan, C. (2016). Aid in dying in New Zealand: Recent legal developments. Journal of Law & Medicine, 23, 849-863.

Authored Book - Research

Gavaghan, C. (2007). Defending the genetic supermarket: The law and ethics of selecting the next generation. Abingdon, UK: Routledge-Cavendish, 248p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Gavaghan, C. (2017). Capacity and assisted dying. In M. J. Cholbi (Ed.), Euthanasia and assisted suicide: Global views on choosing to end life. (pp. 299-326). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

McMillan, J., Snelling, J., & Gavaghan, C. (2016). Psihopati, sigurnosno zatvaranje po punom izvršenju kazne zatvora i retorika rizika [Psychopaths, post-sentence preventive detention and the rhetoric of risk]. In S. Prijić-Samaržija, L. Malatesti & E. Baccarini (Eds.), Moralni, politički i epistemološki odgovori na društvene devijacije [Moral, political, epistemological responses to social deviations]. (pp. 201-217). Rijeki, Croatia: Filozofski facultet u Rijeci.

Gavaghan, C. (2016). Reproductive technologies and the search for regulatory legitimacy: Fuzzy lines, decaying consensus, and intractable normative problems. In R. Brownsword, E. Scotford & K. Yeung (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of the law and regulation of technology. (Online ed.) Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199680832.013.62

Snelling, J., & Gavaghan, C. (2015). PGD past and present: Is the HFE Act 1990 now 'fit for purpose'? In K. Horsey (Ed.), Revisiting the regulation of human fertilisation and embryology. (pp. 80-97). London, UK: Routledge.

Gavaghan, C. (2015). In word, or sigh, or tear: Depression and end-of-life choices. In P. R. Ferguson & G. T. Laurie (Eds.), Inspiring a medico-legal revolution: Essays in honour of Sheila McLean. (pp. 231-253). Farnham, UK: Ashgate.

Gavaghan, C., & Hedley, H. (2014). Death and dying: Legal issues elders may encounter. In K. Diesfeld & I. McIntosh (Eds.), Elder law in New Zealand. (pp. 111-146). Wellington, New Zealand: Thomson Reuters.

Gavaghan, C. (2013). Neuroscience, deviant appetites, and the criminal law. In N. A. Vincent (Ed.), Neuroscience and legal responsibility. (pp. 205-226). New York: Oxford University Press.

Gavaghan, C. (2012). Public voices or private choices? The role of public consultation in the regulation of reproductive technologies. In K. O'Doherty & E. Einsiedel (Eds.), Public engagement and emerging technologies. (pp. 80-96). Vancouver, Canada: University of British Columbia Press.

Gavaghan, C. (2010). General end of life rights and ethical issues (33 pages). In C. Whitehouse (Ed.), Finance and law for the older client. United Kingdom: LexisNexis.

Gavaghan, C. (2009). ″No gene for fate?″: Luck, harm, and justice in Gattaca. In S. Shapshay (Ed.), Bioethics at the movies. (pp. 75-86). Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

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Journal - Research Article

Geddis, A., & Gavaghan, C. (2016). Aid in dying in New Zealand: Recent legal developments. Journal of Law & Medicine, 23, 849-863.

Gavaghan, C., & King, M. (2016). Can facilitated aid in dying be permitted by 'double effect'? Some reflections from a recent New Zealand case. Journal of Medical Ethics, 42(6), 361-366. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2016-103411

Gavaghan, C. (2016). Stopping suicide after Seales. New Zealand Criminal Law Review, 4-18.

Gavaghan, C., & Bastani, A. (2014). Genes, blame and loss of control: Is there a place in criminal law for a 'genetic defense'? Recent Advances in DNA & Gene Sequences, 8, 119-125. doi: 10.2174/2352092209666150216122554

Gavaghan, C., & King, M. (2013). Reporting suicide: Safety isn't everything. Journal of Primary Health Care, 5(1), 82-85.

Gavaghan, C., & Moore, J. (2011). De minimis curat lex: New Zealand law and the challenge of the very small. European Journal of Law & Technology, 2(3). Retrieved from http://ejlt.org/article/view/97/160

Gavaghan, C. (2010). A whole new... you? 'Personal identity', emerging technologies and the law. IDIS, 3, 423-434. doi: 10.1007/s12394-010-0077-4

Gavaghan, C. (2009). ″You can't handle the truth″: Medical paternalism and prenatal alcohol use. Journal of Medical Ethics, 35, 300-303. doi: 10.1136/jme.2008.028662

Gavaghan, C. (2008). End of life decision making in the context of UK law. Revista de Direito Médico e da Saúde, IV(14), 111-130.

Gavaghan, C. (2007/2008). Disability, identity and choice: Embryo testing and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008. Contemporary Issues in Law, 9(3), 133-152.

Gavaghan, C. (2007). Dangerous patients and duties to warn: A European human rights perspective. European Journal of Health Law, 14(2), 113-130.

Gavaghan, C. (2007). A Tarasoff for Europe? A European human rights perspective on the duty to protect. International Journal of Law & Psychiatry, 30(3), 255-267. doi: 10.1016/j.ijlp.2007.01.001

Gavaghan, C. (2007). Right problem, wrong solution: A pro-choice response to ″expressivist″ concerns about preimplantation genetic diagnosis. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 16, 20-34. doi: 10.1017/S096318010707003X

Gavaghan, C. (2004). 'Designer donors'? Tissue-typing and the regulation of pre-implantation genetic diagnosis. Web Journal of Current Legal Issues, 3. Retrieved from http://webjcli.ncl.ac.uk/2004/issue3/gavaghan3.html

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