This course is open to all students from the Finnish Masters of Laws programmes, the Bachelors of Laws degree, all students pursuing doctoral studies and those on the MICL or IBL programme, as well as to exchange students.
The course is also open to pharma and medical students.
Basic knowledge in EU Law.
Building an expertise for future lawyers who are to deal with health insurance companies, public and private hospitals and NGOs (humanitarian field).
— Institutional framework;
— Healthcare Rights (1st and 2nd generation);
— Cross-border care issues;
— Freedom of movement of patients;
— Healthcare professionals in the EU;
— Pharmaco and materio -vigilance;
— Regulations (reforms);
— Data protection of patients;
In the context of European Health Law, healthcare can be conceived as a market although epitomizing a broader policy issue. Therefore, this heterogeneous field requires a holistic understanding of the interplay between EU institutions and both public and private healthcare actors. In parallel, patients are also protected, both as rights holders and healthcare consumers. The study of European Health Law gives the opportunity to appraise the concepts of health and healthcare from various angles. Indeed, the "EU healthcare matrix" encompasses a diverse range of interesting issues: freedom of movement of patients and healthcare professionals, healthcare rights, the "healthcare market", the "biomedical market", medical devices and pharmaceutical products regulations, data protection of patients, organ donation, clinical research, the use of human biological material, biobanking and the increasing importance of e-health as a harmonization tool. The first two weeks are devoted to the understanding of the EU institutions (a reminder). Then, the course will be divided in two steps: one hour dedicated to an interactive lecture, the other hour is dedicated to presentations prepared by the students on chosen themes. Students are encouraged to look through all sources of information (legal, medical, press, etc.).
— Hervey, Tamara K. – McHale, Jean V.: European Union Health Law, Themes and Implications, Cambridge, 2015;
— Flear, Mark L. – Farrell, Anne-Maree – Hervey, Tamara K. – Murphy, Thérèse: European Health Law and New Health Technologies, Oxford Studies in European Law, 2013.
Form of the presentation (1 pt), ability to convey clear information (1 pt), legal thinking (1 pt), variety of sources (1 pt), bibliography (1 pt) [5 pts]. - Final essay (4000 words) on a chosen topic: respect for the form (1 pt), introduction (1 pt), legal thinking (1 pt) ability to summarise (1 pt), ability to structure (1 pt). [5 pts]
1. Oral presentations with PowerPoint/Prezi: form of the presentation (1 pt), ability to convey clear information (1 pt), legal thinking (1 pt), variety of sources (1 pt), bibliography (1 pt). [5 pts]
2. Final essay (4000 words) on a chosen topic: respect for the form (1 pt), introduction (1 pt), legal thinking (1 pt) ability to summarise (1 pt), ability to structure (1 pt). [5 pts]
3. Extra points for oral participation.
Total: calculation of the average of points [oral presentations + final essay]/2.
The course is open for medical students and pharma students.
Workshops in groups (oral presentations) are organised (5 points), final essay (5 points). Students are expected to participate actively during the presentations, those who are not presenting should act as discussants and display a good sense of critique. It is highly recommended to build your own medical lexicon as well, to understand the cases. Special attention will be drawn to the final essay and its bibliographical references. Assiduity and dynamism are important criteria for the final assessment.
This course serves as a suitable introductionary course to be taken before OIK-J442 European Medical and Health Care Law - Specific Questions and it is recommended to attend both of these courses. It is however allowed to only take OIK-J440.