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Руководитель департамента Нагих Сергей Иванович
Заместитель руководителя департамента Быстров Андрей Сергеевич
Менеджер Сабинин Дмитрий Денисович

вн. тел. 22051

Менеджер Чернушина Вера Олеговна

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Law and Bioethics: introductory course

Учебный год
Обучение ведется на английском языке
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
3-й курс, 1 модуль


Course Syllabus


This course is aimed at undergraduate students with a previous background in general legal theory and philosophy. Students need a level of English that allows them to understand course materials and lectures in academic English and express their position during in-class discussions. The course aims at giving the students basic knowledge in law & bioethics and prepare them for further studies and research in the bio-legal field (life sciences law).
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The course is aimed at providing an understanding of the legal foundations of bioethics. During the course students will learn: - what bioethics is and how it interacts with law; - what are the most pressing issues in contemporary bioethics and what legal issues they entail; - what are the main approaches to solving bioethical problems and how states address them through their legislation and policy.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • know major legal issues in bioethics;
  • know basic terminology and conceptual framework in bioethics;
  • understand where these issues come from and what solutions are offered to mitigate their adverse effect in the society;
  • generally analyze and interpret national and international approaches to regulation of various bioethical issues;
  • acquire basic skills in doing research in the field of law & bioethics;
  • understand the impact bioethical knowledge for lawyers and life-science professionals;
  • assist in drafting policy documents on bioethical issues;
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introductory lectures: getting to know the rules and the people. Foundations, sources and principles of bioethics.
  • Bioethics & human rights: insights from international and national courts.
  • Law & bioethics in the beginning and end of life.
  • Law & bioethics in organ and tissue transplantation
  • Law and genomics: human cloning, eugenics and policy.
  • Law and testing on living subjects: animal testing, human testing, laws and alternatives.
  • Law & neuroethics.
  • Bioethics and law in (post)pandemic times
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking attendance
  • non-blocking reflection paper
  • non-blocking Final Essay
  • non-blocking in-class game
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (1 module)
    0.3 * attendance + 0.2 * Final Essay + 0.3 * in-class game + 0.2 * reflection paper


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • KRAJEWSKA, A. (2013). Dignity in Bioethics and Law. European Journal of Health Law, 20(2), 240–246. https://doi.org/10.1163/15718093-12341265
  • Nuno Martins, P. (2018). A concise study on the history of Bioethics: some reflections. Middle East Journal of Business, 13(1), 35–37. https://doi.org/10.5742/MEJB.2018.93183

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Hrevtsova, R. (2012). The Interplay of Health Law and Bioethics: A Few Thoughts on the Practical Implementation of Scientific Findings. European Journal of Health Law, 19(3), 225–229. https://doi.org/10.1163/157180912X649485
  • Lee, L. M. (2017). A Bridge Back to the Future: Public Health Ethics, Bioethics, and Environmental Ethics. The American Journal Of Bioethics: AJOB, 17(9), 5–12. https://doi.org/10.1080/15265161.2017.1353164
  • Miligan, T. (2015). Animal Ethics: The Basics. London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1002009
  • Sinclair, J. R. (2019). Importance of a One Health approach in advancing global health security and the Sustainable Development Goals. Revue Scientifique Et Technique (International Office Of Epizootics), 38(1), 145–154. https://doi.org/10.20506/rst.38.1.2949