Course Overview

The Diploma in Medical law is designed for legal professionals, medical professionals, medical staff, data protection practitioners and persons with a general interest in the regulation of Medicine and Healthcare in Ireland.

The Diploma will equip learners with a comprehensive understanding of Medical law in Ireland with a focus on contemporary medical issues. Such issues include: consent, medical research, data protection, litigation of medical negligence claims, medical management and clinical trials.

Course Modules

Week 1 Introduction to the course and principles of clinical negligence

  • The field of medical law
  • Medical law, medical ethics and bio-ethics
  • History of medical law and legal medicine

Week 2 Regulation of healthcare professionals

  • The scope of statutory professional regulation
  • Structures and functions of medical bodies
  • Disciplinary procedures and medical bodies

Week 3 Medical records and access to records

  • Clinical record-keeping
  • Access to an ownership of notes
  • Introduction to data protection law
  • Retention of records
  • Duty of confidentiality

Week 4 Consent to medical treatment

  • Meaning of consent
  • Consequences of acting without consent
  • Elements of consent
  • Practicalities of consent
  • Capacity and decision-making
  • Minors
  • Treatment refusal

Week 5 Expert evidence and court proceedings

  • Issuing proceedings
  • Standard of proof
  • Discovery and civil litigation procedure as it pertains to medical negligence litigation
  • Damages
  • Introduction to expert evidence
  • Who is an expert?
  • Professional negligence claims and the need for expert reporting

Week 6 Mental health law

  • Voluntary admission of mental health patients
  • Involuntary admission of adults
  • Treatment of the psychiatric patient
  • Human rights law and mental health
  • Involuntary psychiatrict treatement and detention
  • Mental Health Act 2001

Week 7 Assisted Human Reproduction

  • Introduction to Assisted Human Reproduction
  • Aspects of the regulatory environment
  • Regulating himan embryos
  • Donor-assisted human reproduction
  • Surrogacy and the law

Week 8 End of life

  • The withdrawl of treatment
  • DNR (do not attempt resusciatiation) Orders
  • Planning for end of life
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Euthanasia and assisted suicide

Week 9 Clinical research on humans and animals

  • Clinical research
  • Ethical aspects of clinical research on human subjects
  • Regulation of clinical research
  • Clinicial research on animal subjexts
  • Data protection law and clinical research

Week 10 Guest lecture

Mode of delivery:  Asynchronous

30 hours over a period of ten weeks

Course Award

City Colleges Diploma


A pass grade on the written assignment will be required for awarding of the Diploma in Medical Law. A fail grade will result in a Certificate of Attendance for the course but without the Diploma being awarded.

The Diploma in Medical Law is assessed by way of written examination (70%) and continuous assessment (30%).


Conor Duff


Conor Duff B.L., Dean of Law at City Colleges, lectures in the area of Contract and EU law for FE-1 students, a selection of City Colleges’ Professional programmes and our BA (Hons) in Business Studies programme.

Conor is a seasoned lecturer and has a proven track record of academic delivery across other colleges and Universities, including the Law Society of Ireland.

He is a graduate of Maynooth University (LL.B.) (Hons.), Trinity College Dublin (LL.M.), the Honorable Society of King’s Inns (B.L.) and the Law Society of Ireland (Dip. Construction Law). He graduated from Maynooth University and Trinity College with first-class honours degrees with distinction for his LL.M. Dissertation. He is a member of the EBA, CBA and Members’ Committee of the Irish Society for European Law.

Conor has published widely in various national legal journals including the Commercial Law Practitioner and the ICLJ. Conor was a co-editor of the leading EU Treaties text which is permitted for use in FE-1 and QLTT examinations. In addition to his legal practice, Conor volunteers regularly with F.L.A.C. and is a non-executive Director of Heritage Credit Union.


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