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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