LL4CN      Half Unit
New Technologies in Law and the Body

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Julie Mccandless NAB 6.07

Additional Teacher(s):

Dr Tatiana Flessas, Mr Antony Blackburn-Starza


This course is available on the MSc in Law, Anthropology and Society, Master of Laws and Master of Laws (extended part-time study). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course is capped at 30 students. Students must apply through Graduate Course Choice on LSEforYou.

For the LLM (Specialisms: Legal Theory)

Course content

The course addresses the interrelation of law, technology and theories of ‘the body’.  Within the broad categories of ‘Beginnings’, ‘Bodies’ and ‘Endings’, we look at emerging medical technologies and their effect on social and theoretical conceptions of the body and its capacities.

1. Introduction (Professor Emily Jackson; Dr. Julie McCandless; Dr Tatiana Flessas)


2. Assisted Conception;

3.Fertility Markets;

4. Surrogacy.


5. Regulating Obesity;

6. Enhancements;

7. Gender and the Body.


8. Incapacity;

9. Law in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit;

10. Assisted Dying.


20 hours of seminars in the MT.

There will be a Reading Week in week 6 of MT.

Formative coursework

Students are invited to submit one 2,000 word essay.

Indicative reading

A detailed reading list will be provided.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours, reading time: 15 minutes) in the LT week 0.

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2014/15: 18

Average class size 2014/15: 18

Controlled access 2014/15: Yes

Lecture capture used 2014/15: Yes (MT)

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills