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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.

Summary 2021

Unit name Biotechnology Law
Unit code LAW619
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law

Dianne Nicol

Teaching staff

Prof. Dianne Nicol and Prof. Don Chalmers

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



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Completion of 150pts of university study (ie 12 x 12.5pt units)


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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