Courses & Units

Biotechnology Law LAW619



Summer semester unit. Law students will be required to participate in a 2 to 3-hr primer on basic biotechnology concepts; Science students will be required to participate in a 2 to 3-hr primer on basic legal concepts.


Designed to provide law students and science students with an overview of the major legal issues being encountered by participants in the biotechnology industry in both the public and the private sector, including scientists, lawyers, company executives, clinicians, regulators and policy makers, and the general public. Topics include: research and industry ethics, with particular focus on the conduct of research with commercial implications; regulation of biotechnology, cloning and stem cell technology; legal issues in the use of animals and human tissue in research; intellectual property issues, including international perspectives; access to natural resources, with particular focus on developing countries; access to the benefits of the biotechnology revolution.


Unit name Biotechnology Law
Unit code LAW619
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Law
School of Law
Discipline School of Law
Coordinator Prof. Dianne Nicol and Prof. Don Chalmers
Teaching staff

Prof. Dianne Nicol and Prof. Don Chalmers

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart 5 Week Session Feb A On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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*Please read the Unit Introduction in the Course and Unit Handbook for attendance requirements for units offered in Off-campus mode.

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
5 Week Session Feb A 23/1/2017 31/1/2017 9/2/2017 25/2/2017

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2017: $1,324.00 2017: $1,561.00 090909

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.



(LAW250, LAW251, LAW252, LAW253, LAW254, LAW255, LAW256 & LAW204) OR

(LAW221, LAW222, LAW223, LAW224, LAW253, LAW204, LAW351 & LAW352) OR

(LAW221, LAW222, LAW223, LAW224, LAW225, LAW226, LAW204 & LAW205)


Teaching Pattern

Seminar format for a total of 33 hours. This unit will be taught intensively in summer semester.


2 hr test (40%), two 1,500 word assignments (50%), participation (10%)

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