Curriculum

Law and the Human Body Seminar

Credits: 2.00
Faculty: Debra Silber

This seminar will examine and analyze the legal regulation of humans as medical research subjects, the regulation of human reproduction and the donation and sale of human material, at both the state and federal levels, as well as internationally. Students will evaluate the existing statutes and case law in several jurisdictions and review and discuss the issues raised. Topics will include surrogacy, sperm and egg banks, the right to abortion, DNA privacy, and blood, eye and organ donation. Concerns from the participant's perspective as well as the medical provider's and public policy issues will be considered. Rights of family members and the participant's estate will be discussed. Materials will include court decisions from many jurisdictions and law review articles as well as statutes and related legislative history.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Students are expected to prepare a paper on an approved topic of their choice and do a short (10 minutes) presentation of it for the class. This paper will satisfy the Upperclass Writing Requirement.