Masters in Medical Law Graduates Explore the Niche Area of Health Law and Ethics

Master’s in Medical Law graduates
Proud supervisor Professor Donrich Thaldar with Master’s in Medical Law graduates Ms Noluthando Khuluse, MsTheshaya Naidoo and Ms Senamile Sishi (clockwise from left).

Under the supervision of Professor Donrich Thaldar who chairs the Health Law & Ethics Research Interest Group, Master’s in Medical Law graduates Ms Noluthando Khuluse, Ms Senamile Sishi, Mr Raamaansh Maharajh and Ms Theshaya Naidoo’s research explores the complex relationship between healthcare and law.

Titled: Should Donor-conceived Children Have a Right to Know their Genetic Origins?, Khulubuse’s study – co-supervised by Ms Nomfundo Mthembu – aimed to answer the question of whether donor conceived children should have a right to know their genetic origins from an African perspective.

‘It was difficult to find articles that related specifically to my topic and it was a rather long process. My findings in the end though were all worth it. It was impossible to lose interest in my topic given the supervisors that I had. They are so passionate about Medical Law and they often helped me get through the bad days by being very supportive and encouraging. My Medical Law degree will enhance my career by opening doors to different employment paths, such as healthcare policy analysis, consultancy, litigation, and academia,’ said Khuluse.

Analysing the Need for Sui Generis AI Legislation in South Africa in the Face of International Legal Developments was the title of Naidoo’s study. Co-supervised by Dr Paul Ogendi, the research examined the regulatory framework surrounding Artificial Intelligence (AI) in South Africa.

‘The exploration of AI regulations in South Africa holds significant societal and legal implications, considering the rapid advancements in artificial intelligence and its potential impact on various aspects of society. My research sought to contribute to the ongoing dialogue on the ethical and legal considerations associated with emerging technologies. This included issues such as data privacy, algorithmic bias, and the ethical deployment of AI systems in various sectors,’ said Naidoo.

A Socio-legal Analysis of Egg Donation in South Africa was the title of Sishi’s study which explores the possible barriers to more women donating their eggs, it promotes conversation on possible policy developments and anticipated that institutions central to the practice will benefit from knowing if any practices implemented could prevent potential egg donors from donating.

‘My research topic stemmed from the appreciation egg donors have to eventual parenthood especially as there is a lack of research about the practice of egg donation from the South African context. It identified the need for more egg donors and sought to establish potential barriers faced by egg donors which may prevent more egg donors from coming forward. I am currently employed at Livingston Leandy Incorporate and as challenging as practice is, I am enjoying it. However, I love learning and researching, hence, a PhD or another master’s qualification is not off the table!’ said Sishi.

“That Government is Best which Governs Least”: The Lack of a Legitimate Government Purpose in Pre-implantation Sex-selection was the title of Mr Vishnu Raamaansh, co-supervised with Ms Nomfundo Mthembu.

Words: Thandiwe Jumo

Photographs: Supplied

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