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Associate Professor Colin Gavaghan

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

staff_large_gavaghan_colinLeading international scholar in medical law and ethics Associate Professor Colin Gavaghan is the first New Zealand Law Foundation–sponsored Director in Emerging Technologies at the University of Otago Faculty of Law.

Associate Professor Gavaghan, who was previously Lecturer in Medical Law and Ethics at the University of Glasgow's School of Law, heads the Centre for Law and Policy in Emerging Technologies, the only New Zealand-based research centre that examines the legal, ethical and policy issues around new technologies. These include biotechnology, nanotechnology, alternative bio-energy, information and communication technologies, robotics and artificial intelligence.

Associate Professor Gavaghan is also co-Director of the Centre for Society, Governance & Science. The Centre promotes and undertakes research on the challenges of integrating medical and scientific advancements with society in the face of changing approaches being used to govern citizens and institutions, as well as their rights, relationships and responsibilities.

Contact

Tel: +64 3 479 8852
Office: 7th Floor - 7C10
Email: colin.gavaghan@otago.ac.nz

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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. (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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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Journal - Research Other

Ballantyne, A., Gavaghan, C., McMillan, J., & Pullon, S. (2016). Pregnancy and the culture of extreme risk aversion. American Journal of Bioethics, 16(2), 21-23. doi: 10.1080/15265161.2015.1120801

Gavaghan, C. (2015). Saviour siblings: No avoiding the hard questions [Author meets critics: Response]. Journal of Medical Ethics, 41(12), 931-932. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2014-102605

King, M., Gavaghan, C., & McMillan, J. (2014). Medical regulation of cognitive enhancement devices: Some concerns. Journal of Law & the Biosciences, 1(3), 334-339. doi: 10.1093/jlb/lsu020

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Gavaghan, C. (2010). Regulating after Parfit: Welfare, identity and the UK embryology law. In M. Goodwin, B.-J. Koops & R. Leenes (Eds.), Dimensions of technology regulation. (pp. 147-164). Nijmegen, The Netherlands: Wolf Legal. [Full Paper]

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Gavaghan, C. (2010, November). The stuff of other lives: Personal identity, genetics and the law. Invited presentation at the Genetics Otago Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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Commissioned Report for External Body

Gavaghan, C., Snelling, J., & McMillan, J. (2014). Better and better and better? A legal and ethical analysis of preventive detention in New Zealand. Commissioned by New Zealand Law Foundation. Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago. 94p.

Gavaghan, C., & Moore, J. (2011). A review of the adequacy of New Zealand's regulatory systems to manage the possible impacts of manufactured nanomaterials. Commissioned by Ministry of Research, Science and Technology. 120p.

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