Law and Medicine - LAW 364

Medical Law is the branch of Law, which concerns the prerogatives and responsibilities of medical professionals and the rights of the patient. The main branches of Medical Law are the law on confidentiality, negligence, and torts in relation to medical treatment (most notably medical malpractice), and Criminal Law in the field of medical practice and treatment. Because Ethics and Medical Practice is a growing field, students in this course will explore issues in Medical Ethics and Law are ripped from the headlines and fall under the broad umbrella of “reproduction.” Topics include:
• Forced sterilization;
• High-tech baby-making;
• Embryos and divorce;
• Age limits on access to assisted reproductive technology;
• Abortion;
• Civil liberties during pregnancy;
• Conflict in the neonatal intensive care unit;
• Defining parenthood donation;
• Selling or buying organs for transplantation.
The course will also evaluate the ways that the individual choice norm has been extended to or withheld from individuals who have lost competence or who (because of mental impairment) had never been or (because they were infants or fetuses) had not yet become competent to decide for themselves. The course will further explore how the institutions of law and medicine have sought to approach and, when possible, resolve the dilemmas. Course materials will include: Articles from newspapers, magazines, medical journals, and law reviews; excerpts from books, casebooks, and court cases.
Language of Instruction: English (legal terms, however, are also given in Arabic and French).