LAW37610 Medical Law

Academic Year 2022/2023

Medical law is a module providing students with the opportunity to understand and examine the legal frameworks (tort law, constitutional law, human rights law, and professional guidelines) that govern the provision of healthcare in Ireland and internationally. In doing so, students will develop a critical understanding of the legal, philosophical and ethical issues arising in medicine and healthcare. This will create the setting for informed and respectful debate in class; student participation is expected. By covering current topics such as new forms of harm in medical negligence litigation, organ donation and consent systems, the legalising of abortion, and the challenges that advancements in technologies pose to traditional legal principles, the module encourages students to appreciate and enquire as to the wider social and political context of legal principles and rules surrounding the provision of healthcare. Students will acquire skills in comparative and interdisciplinary study of law.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students should be in a position to:

Describe and apply law to situations arising in the provision of healthcare.

Explain and evaluate the legal frameworks that govern the regulation of medical practice and conceptualise their relationship with each other (eg tort law, constitutional law, human rights law).

Compare the law in Ireland with the UK and other jurisdictions internationally.

Critically examine and discuss the ethical and philosophical issues that are inherent in aspects of medical law.

Identify opportunities for reform.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
In-class discussion (small group and collective)
Enquiry based learning 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Mind Map/Poster submission Week 4 n/a Graded No


Essay: 2,800 word essay Week 12 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities

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