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Law in Medicine

Study Course Description

Course Description Statuss:Approved
Course Description Version:3.00
Study Course Accepted:26.08.2020
Study Course Information
Course Code:SVUEK_017LQF level:Level 7
Credit Points:2.00ECTS:3.00
Branch of Science:Medicine; Public HealthTarget Audience:Public Health
Study Course Supervisor
Course Supervisor:Anita Villeruša
Study Course Implementer
Structural Unit:Department of Public Health and Epidemiology
The Head of Structural Unit:Ģirts Briģis
Contacts:Riga, 9 Kronvalda boulevard, svekatrsu[pnkts]lv, +371 67338307
Study Course Planning
Full-Time - Semester No.1
Lectures (count)4Lecture Length (academic hours)1Total Contact Hours of Lectures4
Classes (count)5Class Length (academic hours)4Total Contact Hours of Classes20
Total Contact Hours24
Study course description
Preliminary Knowledge:
Theory of law, health care organization, public health, ethics.
The studies of medical law offers to take a look at the medical rights, their origin and application. Course includes overview of international and national medical legal systems, including medical legal systems of the Latvia and the European Union. During the course students are creating a deeper understanding of the medical law, the scope of its principles, their origin, impact on health care, and the role of medical law in international and national law. With the participation in the lectures and writing own-initiative reports, students are involved in up-to-date medical law problems for the purpose of exploring and finding solutions.
Topic Layout (Full-Time)
No.TopicType of ImplementationNumberVenue
1The role and place of Medical law in the legal system. Medical law and the link with other law sciences. Future of Medical law.Lectures1.00auditorium
2Medical law and bioethics. National and international sources of Medical law.Lectures1.00auditorium
3Origin and basic principles of patients' rights. The provision of information to the patient. Patient informed consent.Lectures1.00auditorium
4Organization of health care. The right to health care.Lectures1.00auditorium
5Rights and duties of an individual and the state. State guaranteed health care. Emergency medical assistance. Epidemiological safety.Classes1.00auditorium
6Health care service regulation and control. Pharmacy and health care. Regulation of certain areas by Medical law. Corruption and fraud in health system.Classes1.00auditorium
7Health care workers' rights. Medical practitioners. Pharmacists. Other parties. Regulated professions in health care.Classes1.00auditorium
8Registration and certification of health care professional. Professional activity and responsibility.Classes1.00auditorium
9Reproductive rights. Birth control. Tissue and organ transplantation legal and ethical problems. Euthanasia. Cloning.Classes1.00auditorium
Unaided Work:
1. Independent studies of laws and regulations. 2. Independently written and presented report on one of current medical law problems in Latvia.
Assessment Criteria:
Independently conducted and presented overview to the audience of one up-to-date medical legal problems in Latvia. Written exam at the end of the course.
Final Examination (Full-Time):Exam (Written)
Final Examination (Part-Time):
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge:Student will know to: find way around medical law regulatory enactments; speak about the place and role of medical law in the legal system, describe development of the medical law and link it with other branches of legal science; list of basic principles of patients’ rights; present and describe legal principles of the health care organization and the right to health care, the rights of health care workers, regulation of certain areas by medical law.
Skills:Students will be able to: identify the relevant regulatory enactments to solve certain legal problems in the area of the medical law; discuss different court judgements in medicine and health care and in argued manner expressing their views.
Competencies:Being able to offer solutions of actual medical rights and medical ethics issues and reasonably justify the solutions.
Required Reading
1Medicīnas tiesības. Autoru kolektīvs S. Ašnevicas-Slokenbergas zinātniskajā redakcijā. Tiesu namu aģentūra, Rīga, 2015, 798 lpp.
2Andriew Grubb, Judith Laing, Principles of Medical Law, Oxford University Press, New York, 2004, 1191 p.
3Normatīvie akti (LR Satversme, Ārstniecības likums, Likums “Par prakses ārstiem”, Epidemioloģiskās drošības likums Farmācijas likums, Likums Par miruša cilvēka ķermeņa aizsardzību un cilvēka audu un orgānu izmantošanu medicīnā, Seksuālās un reproduktīvās veselības likums, Cilvēka genoma izpētes likums, likums „Par reglamentētajām profesijām un profesionālās kvalifikācijas atzīšanu”, Fizisko personu datu aizsardzības likums, Administratīvā procesa likums, Darba likums, Civillikums, Civilprocesa likums, Krimināllikums, Kriminālprocesa likums). Starptautisko tiesību akti. Eiropas Savienības tiesību akti.
Additional Reading
1G. Ķilkuts, S. Mežinska, I. Neiders, V. Sīle, V. Sīlis, Biomedicīnas ētika:teorija un prakse, Rīga, Rīgas Stradiņa Universitāte, 2006, 226. lpp.
2Tony Hope, Julian Savulescu, Judith Hendrick, Medical Ethics and Law, Elsvier, 2008, 270p.
3Steven H. Miles, The Hippocratic Oath and the Ethics of Medicine, Oxford University Press, 2004, 232 p.
4Theodore H. Tulchinsky, Elena A. Varavikova.The New public health. Academic Press: 2000.
Other Information Sources
1PVO rekomendācijas, deklarācijas un rezolūcijas (piemēram, Deklarācija par pacienta tiesību veicināšanu Eiropā) (
2PVO Pasaules veselības likumdošanas krājums ( - pieejams angļu un franču valodās
3EP ( un ES ( deklarācijas, rekomendācijas un rezolūcijas
4Latvijas Republikas, Eiropas Kopienu tiesas ( un Eiropas cilvēktiesību tiesas ( spriedumi
5Pasaules Medicīnas tiesību asociācija (World Association on Medical Law) (