Module leader: Dr Sheelagh McGuinness
The module will give students the opportunity to gain knowledge and critical understanding of the relationship between law and reproduction in the United Kingdom and internationally. The course will be grounded in a socio-legal approach; this allows students to think critically and analytically about the historical, cultural, and ethical underpinnings of regulation of reproduction.
At the start of the module the students are introduced to sexual and reproductive health policy and specifically arguments based in reproductive justice. From there we move on to consider specific issues in how we regulate sexual and reproductive health. Although the focus will be on reproduction the course will give students the opportunities to think critically about the interplay between public and private choices and specifically the place of law in regulating intimate activities. Students will spend much of their time critically assessing the concepts of privacy, liberty, and justice as applied in the sphere of reproduction. Advance reading will provided in advance of each seminar and students will be encouraged to contribute to seminar debates of the topics each week.
Sem 1: Introduction to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services
Sem 2: Abortion and the Medical Profession
Sem 3: Regulating Assisted Reproduction
Sem 4: Conscientious Refusal to Provide Sexual and Reproductive Health Care
Sem 5: Criminalising Reproduction
Sem 6: The Criminal Law and the Pregnant Body
Sem 7: Issues in Global Maternal Health I
Sem 8: Issues in Global Maternal Health II
Sem 9: Regulating Transnational Surrogacy Agreements
Sem 10: Reproductive Justice for All
There is no recommended textbook. However, the following advance reading is recommended
Methods of assessment
Modules on the LLM programmes will be assessed in one of the following ways. As this website is set up in advance, it is not possible to specify which method of assessment will be implemented for each module.
One 3-hour written examination
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