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Dr Jeanne Snelling

staff_large_snelling_jeannePhD, LLB(Hons), RNZcmpN

Jeanne's research interests fall within the general health law field. She first joined the law faculty in 2005 as a Research Fellow on the Law Foundation-sponsored Human Genome Research Project. A major research interest has been legal responses to issues arising from human reproduction; both unassisted and assisted. More recent research interests include the implication of behavioural genetics and neuroscience on the law. She is currently working as a Research Fellow in Bioethics and Health Law within the Bioethics Centre. She teaches the medical law component of the 5th-year Ethics course to medical students (Christchurch) and tutors in criminal law.

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Chapter in Book – Research

J Snelling, “Cartwright Calamities, Frankensteinian Monsters and the Regulation of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis in New Zealand” in SAM Mclean, S Elliston (eds) The Regulation of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis: A Comparative and Theoretical Analysis (Routledge, 2013) pp 171-198. ISBN 978-0-415-68644-0

M Henaghan, J Snelling, “Main Findings” in Human Genome Research Project, Genes, Society and the Future: Vol III (Brookers Ltd, Wellington; 2009 pp 1-26). ISBN 9780473126612

J Snelling, “Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis: Slipping Through the Regulatory Net” in Human Genome Research Project, Genes, Society and the Future: Vol III (Brookers Ltd, Wellington; 2009) pp 27-148. ISBN 9780473126612

J Snelling, N Peart, M Henaghan, “Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis: Testing the Legal Boundaries” in Genes, Society and the Future: Vol 1 (Human Genome Research Project, Dunedin; 2007) pp 27-146. ISBN 9780473126605

J Snelling, A Kralovec, M Cho, “Law and Regulation” in Choosing Genes for Future Children: Regulating Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (Human Genome Research Project, Dunedin; 2006) pp 229-369. ISBN 9780473113124

Journal – Research article

L Anderson, J Snelling and H Tomlins-Jahnke, “The Practice of Surrogacy in New Zealand” (2012) 52 ANZJOG 253-257. doi:10.1111/j.1479-828X.2012.01419.x

J Snelling, “Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis for Susceptibility Conditions: A New Frontier or a Logical Extension?” (2008) 19 Journal of Law and Medicine 263-278.

J Snelling, “Embryonic HLA Tissue-Typing and Made-to-match Siblings: The New Zealand Position” (2008) 9(2) Medical Law International 13-43. doi:10.1177/096853320800900102

J Snelling, “Implications for Providers and Patients: A Comment on the Regulatory Framework for Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis in New Zealand” (2006) 8(1) Medical Law International 23-49. ISSN: 0968-5332/06

Commissioned Report for External Body

C Anderson, P Skegg, R Wilson, M Hackett, J Snelling, A Grover, Use of Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) in New Zealand: A Review of Efficacy, Safety, and Regulatory Controls (Commissioned by the Ministry of Health, Wellington; Dec 2004) 56 p.

J Snelling, A review of the Literature, the Acts of Parliament and Relevant Current Practices on Regulation of the Use of ECT in New Zealand and in Other Like Nations (Commissioned by the ECT Review Group, Wellington; Dec 2005) 108 p.

Awarded Doctoral Degree

J Snelling, Parental Preferences and Procreative Choices: Reproductive Liberty and the Regulation of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PhD thesis, University of Otago, 2012) 416 p.