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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 multidisciplinary 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. Jeanne currently has a three-year Fellowship as a Research Fellow in Bioethics and Health Law within the Bioethics Centre. She lectures medical law to undergraduate medical students at the Otago School of Medicine (Dunedin and Christchurch). Jeanne is an adjunct lecturer in the Faculty of Law and co-ordinates the second-year Criminal Procedure Programme.

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Chapter in Book – Research

N Kerruish and J Snelling “Children with Profound Cognitive Impairment: Growth Attenuation and the ZPD” in R McDougall, C Delany and L Gillam (eds) Parents, Ethics and Healthcare Decision-Making (Federation Press, Forthcoming 2016).

R McDougall, L Gillam, N Kerruish and J Snelling “Within the ZPD: Focussing on Harm and Interests” in R McDougall, L Gillam and C Delany (eds) Parents, Ethics and Healthcare Decision-Making (Federation Press, Forthcoming 2016).

J Snelling and J McMillan “Equality: Old Debates, New Technologies” in E Scotford, R Brownsword,and K Yeung (eds) The Oxford Handbook on Law, Regulation and Technology (OUP, forthcoming 2016).

J Snelling and J McMillan “Psychosurgery” in H ten Have (ed) Encyclopedia of Global Ethics (Springer, 2015). doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-05544-2_356-1.

J Snelling and C Gavaghan “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 (Routledge, 2015).

J Snelling “A Time for Change? The Divergent Approach of Canada and New Zealand to Donor Conception and Donor Identification” in Trudo Lemmens, Ian Lee, Cheryl Milne and Andrew Martin (Eds) The Regulation of Assisted Human Reproduction: Law and Policy and the Intersection of Federalism, Rights and Ethics (University of Toronto Press, in press 2015).

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

J Snelling “Minors and Contested Medical Surgical Treatment: Where Are We With Best Interests?” (2016) 25(1) Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 50-62.

J Snelling “Re-visiting Re X: Hysterectomy, Removal of Reproductive Capacity and the Severely Intellectually Disabled Child in New Zealand” (2015) 22 Journal of Law and Medicine 679-697.

L Anderson, J Snelling and A van Rij “Incidental Findings in Surgery: Addressing the Challenge” (2015) 102 British Journal of Surgery 433-435. DOI: 10.1002/bjs.9719).

J Snelling, L Anderson and Andre van Rij ‘“Incidental Findings’ during Surgery: a Surgeon’s Dilemma or the Price Paid for Autonomy?” (2013) 13 Otago Law Review 81.

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.


C Gavaghan, J Snelling and J McMillan, Better and Better and Better?: An Ethical and Legal Analysis of Preventive Detention in New Zealand (Report for the New Zealand Law Foundation, University of Otago, 7 November 2014).

L Anderson, A Cadogan, M Borich, T Schneiders, and J Snelling, Sports Physiotherapy Code of Conduct (Physiotherapy New Zealand, 2013), reprinted in British Journal of Sportsmedicine (forthcoming 2015).

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.