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Centre for Law, Medicine and Life Sciences

Faculty of Law

Dr Kathy Liddell (LML Director) has recently returned from teaching a course on Law and Emerging Health Technologies at the University of Melbourne, strengthening the already substantial links between the LML and Melbourne Law School.

The postgraduate course examined ways in which law is affecting, and being affected by, the latest advances in medical technology. It covered a variety of fascinating topics, including genomics, precision medicine, gene editing, reproductive technologies, regenerative medicine, and the role of intellectual property law in facilitating medical innovation. It challenged students to think not only about the future of medicine, but also the future of human life itself. Are legal systems dealing with these issues in adequate, legitimate, and strategic ways?

The course was attended by lawyers at varied career stages and by senior medical professionals, which made for stimulating interdisciplinary discussions and debates.