This module covers two central topics within the field of Medical Law.
One half focuses on clinical negligence. It provides students with knowledge and a critical understanding of the law relating to clinical negligence in England and Wales, and the fundamental doctrines and principles which underpin it. The module promotes understanding of and reflection upon the nature of tortious liability, with a particular focus on the central constituent elements of the tort in the context of clinical negligence. It focuses on a detailed consideration of the issues of duty, breach and causation. It also addresses the nature and extent of institutional liability in this context.
Law and Reproduction
The other half of the module focuses on law and reproduction. It provides students with knowledge and a critical understanding of the law relating to reproduction in England and Wales and in selected other jurisdictions; the human rights dimensions of this area of law; and some of the key ethical issues underlying the law. The topic addresses aspects of the law relating to avoiding reproduction, or deciding about the kind of child one may have, focusing on abortion and selective abortion. The topic also addresses key aspects of the law relating to assisted reproduction, focusing on issues such as access to treatment, the welfare of the child, consent, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, mitochondrial replacement and surrogacy.
Professor Rosamund Scott
2 hour seminar per week
Module assessment - more information
1 x 3500 word essay focusing on either topic, chosen from a list of essay questions offered.