Not available in 2018/19
LL4CN      Half Unit
New Technologies in Law and the Body

This information is for the 2018/19 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Tatiana Flessas NAB 7.27

Additional Teacher(s):

Professor Emily Jackson, NAB 7.10


This course is available on the LLM (extended part-time), LLM (full-time), MSc in Law, Anthropology and Society and University of Pennsylvania Law School LLM Visiting Students. 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 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 summer exam period.

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2017/18: Unavailable

Average class size 2017/18: Unavailable

Controlled access 2017/18: No

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