LAWS383-17S1 (C) Semester One 2017

Law and Medicine

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2017
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2017
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 3 March 2017
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 19 May 2017


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

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 lectures and in-class discussion. Students will be expected to complete reading in advance of attending lectures.

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 17 Mar 2017 10%
Take Home Test 05 Apr 2017 50%
Essay Two 02 Jun 2017 40%

Assessment is likely to be a combination of a short piece of writing, a research essay, and a take-home test.

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 $775.00

International fee $3,525.00

* 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.

For further information see Faculty of Law .

All LAWS383 Occurrences

  • LAWS383-17S1 (C) Semester One 2017