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LAWS402 The Genomic Future and the Law

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Consideration of the interface between genetics, other biotechnologies and law.

The paper will consider this interface in three broad areas:

  1. Use and management of genetic information and biological samples
  2. Preimplantation, prenatal genetic testing and screening
  3. Genetic modification of plants, animals and human bodily material

Paper title The Genomic Future and the Law
Paper code LAWS402
Subject Law
EFTS 0.1
Points 15 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2021, expected to be offered in 2022 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $679.70
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,212.40

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LAWS 201, LAWS 202, LAWS 203, LAWS 204
Limited to
LLB, LLB(Hons)

Teaching staff

Dr Jeanne Snelling

Paper Structure

Topic 1: Genetic Information and Bodily Material

  1. Bodily Material and the Property Paradigm
  2. Genetic Information and the Privacy Paradigm
  3. Genetic Information as a Protected Characteristic
  4. Genetic Information and Parental Identity

Topic 2: Genetic Selection in Reproduction

  1. Screening and Selection: sex, (dis)abilities and saviors
  2. Welfare and Non-identity Principles
  3. Second-Generation Preimplantation Screening
  4. Reproductive Technology and Regulatory Legitimacy

Topic: 3 Genetic Modification

  1. Reproductive Genomic Modification (mitochondrial replacement)
  2. Human Enhancement
  3. Genetically Modified Plants
  4. Genetically Modified Animals
Course materials provided.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global Perspective, Interdisciplinary Perspective, Lifelong Learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical Thinking, Ethics, Research.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to

  • Consider legal issues that are prevalent in a range of jurisdictions as well as legal issues that are the product of trans-jurisdictional access to, and spread of, biotechnologies
  • Engage with the basics of biomedical developments and strands of moral and ontological philosophy in order to properly explore the legal challenges of genomic future
  • Exercise analytical skills that are applicable to new frontiers of the legal response to biomedical developments
  • Engage in scholarly published work and produce intellectually rigorous work that furthers the analysis of the legal response to biomedical developments
  • Articulate nuanced legal and normative arguments through oral discussion and written academic papers
  • Challenge conventional assumptions about the genome that are located in the law and consider alternative ways in which the legal system could respond to regulatory challenges

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Not offered in 2021, expected to be offered in 2022

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system