Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights (S)


Health law, bioethics, and human rights are converging in challenging ways, especially at the national level (in both legislation and constitutional adjudication), and the international law level. This seminar will explore the convergence and its meaning for the law and society through specific case studies, including post-9/11 emergency public health declarations; bioterrorism; use of physicians in torture and death penalty; global governance of synthetic biology, genetic engineering and the new reproductive technologies; and the meaning of "the right to health" in the wake of the litigation against the Affordable Care Act. PREREQUISITE: HEALTH LAW or with permission of the instructor. OFFERING PATTERN: This class is frequently offered in alternating years. Students are advised to take this into account when planning their long-term schedule. ** A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar, or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, will be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who waitlist for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.