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; Biotechnology students will be required to participate in a 2 to 3-hr primer on basic legal concepts.


Designed to provide law students and biotechnology 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. 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
Teaching staff

D Nicol and Prof DRC Chalmers

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


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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2016: $1,305.00 2016: $1,523.00 090909

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(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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