Courses & Units

Biotechnology Law LAW619



Semester 2 Off campus offering is only available for outbound exchange students studying an equivalent unit overseas on approved international exchange.

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? Yes
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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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
5 Week Session Feb A 26/1/2015 2/2/2015 11/2/2015 27/2/2015

* 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 2015 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2015 will be available from the 1st October 2014.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2015: $1,283.00 2015: $1,486.00 090909

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  • Pre-requisites: Either LAW221,LAW222,LAW223,LAW224,LAW225,LAW226, LAW204,LAW205 OR LAW250,LAW251, LAW252, LAW253, LAW254, LAW255, LAW256, LAW204.


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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