LAWS383-16S1 (C) Semester One 2016

Law and Medicine

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2016
End Date: Sunday, 26 June 2016
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 4 March 2016
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 20 May 2016


A study of the main principles of law affecting medicine and medical practice.

This course is limited entry - the maximum number of students is 40, preference will be given to final year students in order of enrolment. Students must apply to enrol by 25 January to be considered for a position in this course.

This course deals with legal issues relating to the practice of medicine. The course will begin with an account of the New Zealand health care system and the legal framework of health care.  The second part of the course addresses issues in medical treatment, including topics from consent; organ transplantation; beginning of life issues; and end of life issues.  The third part of the course considers the impact of technology on medicine, and considers legal issues relating to these new technologies, including selected topics from cloning and other forms of assisted reproductive technologies; surrogacy; posthumous conception; pre-implantation genetic diagnosis; and genetic factors in crime.

This course will be taught primarily through discussion based tutorials.  Students will be required to attend one tutorial per week.  Students are required to spend approximately 2 hours preparing for this tutorial, by listening to online pre-recorded lectures, and by preparing answers for the tutorial case.

Learning Outcomes

The aims of the course are:
-  To introduce students to the legal regulation of the New Zealand health care system
-  To introduce students to topical issues in medical law and the ethical and legal arguments surrounding these.

The objects of the course are:
-  To allow students to appreciate the legal, ethical and social implications of medical law in New Zealand
-  To enable and assist students to develop the ability to critically analyse current medical law issues


(i) LAWS101; and (ii) LAWS110



Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Debra Wilson


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Essay One 08 Apr 2016 30%
Essay Two 03 Jun 2016 50%
Attendance and Tutorial Work 20%

Assessment details will be advised.  Assessment is likely to be a combination of two essays, tutorial attendance and participation, and a group assignment.  

The assessment will be confirmed in the first week of lectures.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Skegg, P. D. G. , Paterson, Ron, Manning, Joanna; Medical law in New Zealand ; Thomson Brookers, 2006.

Relevant materials will be posted on Learn

Course links

Learn Course Link

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $759.00

International fee $3,450.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 50

For further information see Faculty of Law .

All LAWS383 Occurrences

  • LAWS383-16S1 (C) Semester One 2016