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School of Law

SOLM099 Introduction To Medical Law (Not running 2021-22)

Module Description

This module examines how medical law works by using different legal tools to deter, promote or repair medical interventions which have an impact on health and well-being.  Some medical interventions such as surgeries are lawful if there is valid consent, but other interventions are deemed so 'improper' e.g. voluntary amputation that a person is not allowed consent to them.  But is the boundary between proper and improper medical treatment clearcut? Why is surgical extraction of a live kidney donation for donation purposes lawful if consensual, even though voluntary amputation is not? By considering such questions, alongside the law's use of public funding and private remedies for malpractice, the module will equip students to do their own 'research experiments' with medical law as they consider which legal tools are the most appropriate for regulating medicine and promoting health.  

Week 1: The relationship between law and medicine in promoting health and well-being  
Week 2: Im/proper medical treatment, criminalisation and stigma
Week 3: Funding and equal access to public treatment  
Week 4: Making amends when things go wrong
Week 5: Experimenting with medicine and law

Applicable Groupings

  • LLM in Medical Law

Mode of Assessment

3,000-4,000 word essay


15 Credits