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Health and Biotechnology Law (9997.1)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 3 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 5 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra Law School



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    Health and Biotechnology Law will examine the law regulating the provision of health care in Australia and some of the ethical issues underpinning medical research and new developments in medical and biotechnology.

    The unit will be co-taught with 9998 Health and Biotechnology Law PG.

    Topics include: Healthcare as a Human Right; Governance of Healthcare Provision; Assisted Reproduction, Surrogacy, and Abortion; Organ Donation; Property Rights (Real and Intellectual) In Humans; End of Life Issues, including Euthanasia; Medical Negligence; Medical Trespass; Consent and Capacity; Genetic Testing and Privacy; Stem Cells, Cloning, and Therapeutic Genetic Engineering; Medical Confidentiality; Research Ethics; and Consumer Protection.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate understanding of the basic principles of Australian health law, under the Federal and State statutory and common law frameworks, and the accompanying ethical guidance;

    2. Demonstrate understanding of the historical development of health and biotechnology law, including the social, ethical, and technological drivers of change, including statutory reform processes; and

    3. Demonstrate ability to critically analyse problems in health and biotechnology law, apply legal problem solving strategies, and research, develop and express logical and persuasive arguments for law reform.

    Assessment Items

    Contact Hours

    30 hours plus online engagement - 6 hours.


    6602 Legal Systems;
    6601 Legal Methods and Skills;
    7042 Law of Obligations AND
    Completion of 18 Credit Points.



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