• Law, Biomedicine and Bioethics – 6853

Credits

3

Grad. Requirements

Upper Division Legal Writing

Subject Area

Health Law & Bioethics *
Intellectual Property and Technology *
Perspectives
Public Law
  • Student Year
    Upper Division, LL.M.
    Grade base
    A - F
    Course type
    Lecture

This course is an immersion in the fascinating cross-disciplinary domain where law, biomedicine, and bioethics meet. We will examine the history of this field, key controversies that have driven that history, the range of applicable law (state, federal, and international), the evolution of modern bioethics and its interaction with law, and the articulation of policy (from commissions, NGOs, professional societies, and others). The course will consider competing accounts of the relationship of law, biomedicine, and bioethics, as well as controversy over current issues, including response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will begin by considering the nature of bioethics and its relation to law, focusing on the crucial area of informed consent. We will then examine the history of modern bioethics, starting with the Medical Trial at Nuremberg after World War II and progressing to development of research ethics. We will proceed to analyze the evolving role of law and bioethics in governing assisted reproduction, cloning and other emerging technologies including gene editing, genetics and genomics, organ transplantation and the determination of death, life-sustaining treatment and care of the dying, and physician-assisted suicide (sometimes called “physician-assisted death”) and euthanasia. Finally, we will focus on how bioethics and law are addressing crucial issues arising in the current pandemic, including crisis standards of care and allocation of scarce medical resources.

Contact Information

University of Minnesota Law School

Walter F. Mondale Hall | 229 19th Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-625-5000

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