Biotechnology and the Law

Section 1, Fall 18

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 11/15
Credits: 3

Course Description

This seminar is facilitated in a survey format, examining issues ranging from food and drug regulation, clinical trials, assisted reproductive technology, telemedicine, and stem cell development/regulation to the commercialization of the human body. For this class we will use the Biotechnology, Bioethics, & The Law Casebook (Goodwin et. al., eds). This course requires substantial reading, preparation, organization, and the ability to analyze subtle nuances between various judicial decisions, legislative enactments and the legal rules, which sometimes may seem in conflict. As one will discover, biotechnology outpaces law and as such it lacks a robust common law tradition. Rather, what you will find are problems in need of solutions. Students will examine whether the various issues emerging from biotechnological conflicts are best resolved by regulation, judicial intervention, or private negotiation.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be required to submit weekly opinion papers (1-2 pages each) directly to the instructor (not via EXPO). Students will also be required to submit a Substantial Research Paper via EXPO no later than noon on the last day of the Finals period.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes: Professor Goodwin encourages robust dialogue in her courses. Students are to come prepared with their ideas, intuitions, and opinions—their analysis should demonstrate a grasp of the materials. This course is a building block for the other courses in a law and science curriculum, including Patents, Food & Drug Law, Health Regulations, and Bioethics. The core competencies expected in this class are critical thinking and the application of social, legal, moral, and economic reasoning.

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: Yes
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

General Information

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