Summer 2014 Course Schedule

Law&Ethics of Assisted Repro Tech (LAW-719O-001)

Meets: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM (MT) - Room 526

Enrolled: 8 / Limit: 20

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Meets 6/23-24 9AM-5PM


This course will examine and analyze the underlying, competing, and evolving laws, policies, and ethical tensions arising from the assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs). Over the past thirty years, since the birth of the world’s first IVF baby, these ongoing medical advances have challenged existing laws and spawned the need for new ones, all while continuing to make front page news. The growing involvement of third-party participants—including sperm and egg donors and gestational surrogates—and rapidly expanding use of the ARTs by single patients and same-sex couples, adds to these challenges. Disputes and issues involving the ARTs frequently involve—and challenge—existing family, health, contract, and constitutional law, and also intersect with controversial laws and policies involving abortion, personhood, and embryonic cell research. Students will come away from this course with an understanding of the legal and ethical aspects of the ARTs and an ability to analyze the legal and ethical dimensions of both current and emerging reproductive technologies. This is one of 3 courses focusing on Bioethics and can be counted towards a Bioethics and the Law Certificate of Completion from American University Washington College of Law. Academic credit requirement: Take home exam, due 3 weeks after the course ends. This is one of three courses that can be counted towards a Bioethics & the Law Series Certificate of CompletionAcademic credit requirement: Take home exame, due 3 weeks after the course ends .

Textbooks and Other Materials

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First Class Readings

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