Instructor(s): Trudo Lemmens

For graduate students, the course number is LAW6003HF.

Students who took Medical Law in a previous year are not eligible to take this course.

The course provides students with an overview of the various ways in which law, regulation, and other governance mechanisms interact with and contribute to the organization of health care and medical practice and the enforcement of health related rights. A recurrent theme is how law and regulation address and help compensate for vulnerability in the context of health care. The course will introduce students to some of the core concepts of health law and bioethics (e.g. informed consent, competency, medical negligence, confidentiality, health information privacy) and provide an understanding of the role of law and other governance mechanisms in dealing with a selection of contemporary ethical and policy issues in the organization of health care, medical practice and the regulation of the health professions. Topics may include: the regulation of assisted human reproduction; biotechnological innovation; abortion; human subjects research; euthanasia/assisted-suicide/assisted dying and other end-of-life issues; organ transplantation; treatment of human remains; the regulation of the medical profession; and other contemporary issues.

The evaluation will consist of an end of term paper of approximately 7,000 – 8,000 words, the topic of which has to be approved by the instructor, which will count for 75% of the grade; and class participation and 4 to 5 (the best 4 will count) short critical commentaries (approximately 750 words each) on the reading materials, which will count for 25%. Students may satisfy the Perspective requirement and students can with permission from the instructor write a Supervised Upper Year Research Paper in this course.

At a Glance

First Term
Perspective course


20 JD
4 others


T: 2:10 - 4:00
Th: 2:10 - 4:00