Journal of Law and Medicine (JLM)
Informed discourse at the interface between law and health
About the Journal
The Journal of Law and Medicine publishes contributions about issues that have a legal, medical or bioethical content arising at the interface between law and health, including the delivery of the full range of health services.
Its focus is broad, international and cross-disciplinary. It seeks to encourage informed discourse about contemporary issues from empirical, practical, policy and theoretical perspectives.
All contributions to the journal are peer reviewed.
Ian Freckelton QC, BA (Hons), LLB (Syd), PhD (Griff), Dip Th M (ANH), FAAL, FASSA, FACLM (Hon), Barrister-at-Law, Vic, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, ACT, NT; Crockett Chambers, Melbourne; Professorial Fellow in Law and Psychiatry, University of Melbourne, Australia; Adjunct Professor of Law and Forensic Medicine, Monash University, Australia
Professor Roy G Beran, MBBS, MD, FRACP, BLegS, MHL, FACLM, FAFPHM, FRCP (Edin), FFFLM (RCP) (Hon)
Professor Tom D Campbell, MA, PhD, FRSE, FASSA, Professor of Law, The Australian National University, Canberra
Professor Donald Chalmers, Head of Law School, University of Tasmania
Professor Stephen M Cordner, MA, MB, BS, BMedSc, DipCrim, DMJ, FRCPath, FRCPA, Professor of Forensic Medicine, Monash University; Director, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine
Professor J M Davies, MSc, MD, FRCPC, Professor of Anaesthesia, Department of Anaesthesia, Foothills Medical Centre, University of Calgary, Canada
Professor Grant R Gillett, DPhil (Oxon), FRACS (Neurosurgery), Professor of Medical Ethics, Otago University Medical School, Dunedin, New Zealand
Professor Lawrence Gostin, Professor and Director, Center for Law and the Public’s Health, Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Universities, United States of America
Professor Ian Kennedy, LLD, Professor of Health Law, Ethics and Policy, School of Public Policy, University College, London
The Hon Michael Kirby, AC, CMG, BA, LLM, BEc (Syd), Hon D Litt (N’castle, NSW, Ulster and James Cook), Hon LLD (Macq, Syd, NLSU, India, Buckingham, ANU, Victoria, Deakin), Hon D Univ (Uni S Aust, La Trobe), Former Justice of the High Court of Australia
Professor Sheila McLean, LLB, M Litt, PhD, FRSE, FRCP (Edin), FRSA, International Bar Association Professor of Law and Ethics in Medicine, Glasgow University, Scotland
Associate Professor George Mendelson, MB, BS (Melb), MD (Mon), FRANZCP, FFPMANZCA, Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne
Professor Ron Paterson, LLB (Hons) (Auckland), BCL (Oxford), Professor of Health Law and Policy, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Professor Loane Skene, LLD (Melb), LLM (Mon), LLB (Hons) (Melb), Professor, Melbourne Law School; Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, the University of Melbourne
Professor Margaret A Somerville, AM, FRSC, AuA (Pharm), LLB (Hons I), DCL, LLD (Honoris causa), Gale Professor of Law, Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law, McGill University, Canada
Professor David B Wexler, JD (NYU), Lyons Professor of Law, University of Arizona, United States of America
Professor Belinda Bennett BEc, LLB (Hons) (Macq), LLM, SJD (Wisconsin), Professor of Health Law, School of Law, Queensland University of Technology
Legal issues – Bernadette McSherry BA (Hons), LLB (Hons), LLM (Melb), D Jur (York), Grad Dip Psych (Mon), Foundation Director, Melbourne Social Equity Institute, the University of Melbourne; Danuta Mendelson MA, PhD, LLM, Professor, Chair in Law (Research), School of Law, Deakin University; Joanna Manning BA (Auck), LLB (Hons) (Auck), MCompL (Geo Wash), Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Auckland
Medical issues – David Ranson B Med Sci, BM BS, LLB, FCR Path, FRCPA, FACLM, DMJ (Path), Deputy Director, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University; Danny Sullivan MBBS, MBioeth, MHlthMedLaw, MRCPsych, FRANZCP, Assistant Clinical Director, Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health, Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Monash University; Mike O’Connor AM, MD BS DDU DCH FRCOG FRANZCOG MHL FACLM, Conjoint Senior Lecturer, Women’s and Children’s Health, University of New South Wales and Chair, Patient Care Review Committee, St George Private Hospital, Sydney
Bioethical issues – Malcolm Parker MBBS (Qld), M Litt (UNE), M Hth & Med Law (Melb), MD (Qld), Professor of Medical Ethics, University of Queensland; Grant R Gillett DPhil (Oxon), FRACS (Neurosurgery), Professor of Medical Ethics, Otago University Medical School, Dunedin, New Zealand
Nursing issues – Kim Forrester RN, BA, LLB, LLM (Advanced), PhD, Barrister, Supreme Court of Queensland, Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, Bond University
Complementary health issues – Ian Freckelton QC, BA (Hons), LLB (Syd), PhD (Griff), Dip Th M (ANH), FAAL, FASSA, FACLM (Hon), Barrister-at-Law, Vic, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, ACT, NT; Crockett Chambers, Melbourne; Professorial Fellow in Law and Psychiatry, University of Melbourne, Australia; Adjunct Professor of Law and Forensic Medicine, Monash University, Australia
Medical law reporter – Thomas Alured Faunce BA LLB (Hons), B Med, PhD, Professor, College of Law and College of Medicine, Biology and the Environment (joint appointment), The Australian National University
Australasian College of Legal Medicine
The Journal of Law and Medicine is the preferred journal of the Australasian College of Legal Medicine. For more information regarding the College, visit http://www.legalmedicine.com.au/.
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http://www.informit.com.au/agis.html (AGIS Plus Text)
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http://www.thomsonreuters.com.au/catalogue/ProductDetails.asp?id=7424 (Australian Legal Journals Index)
AGIS Plus Text is an online legal database based on the Australian Attorney-General’s Information Service. It is produced by RMIT Publishing and is available via subscription.
Medline is a free service of the National Library of Medicine in the United States.
Legal Trac is an online indexing service published by Gale Cengage Learning. It is available via subscription.
The Australian Legal Journals Index is an online legal database prepared by the Lionel Murphy Library of the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department. It is produced by Thomson Reuters and is available via subscription.
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Australia’s first scholarly article on digitally altered images, body image and the law appears in the June Part of the Journal of Law and Medicine. On 1 January 2013, the Israeli legislation popularly known as “Photoshop Law” came into effect. The first ever law of its kind, Photoshop Law requires that all models used in ...more
The latest Part of JLM includes the following articles: “Unfitness to stand trial decision-making in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia” – Ian Freckelton QC and Magda Karagiannakis; “Legal risk management and injury in the fitness industry: The outcomes of focus group research and a national survey of fitness professionals” – Patrick Keyzer, Ian R Coyle, Joachim Dietrich, Kevin Norton, Betul Sekendiz, Veronica Jones and Caroline F Finch; “Just a little bit more: When sports scientists cross the line” – Tyler Fox; “Beauty is only photoshop deep: Legislating models’ BMIs and photoshopping images” – Marilyn Krawitz; “Medical use of cannabis in Australia: “Medical necessity” defences under current Australian law and avenues for reform” – Charles Martin; “Patents and the obligation to protect health: Examining the significance of human rights considerations in the protection of pharmaceutical patents: – Olasupo Ayodeji Owoeye; ““Best interests” and withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment from an adult who lacks capacity in the parens patriae jurisdiction” – Lindy Willmott, Ben White and Malcolm K Smith; “Transparency in mental health: Why mental health tribunals should be required to publish reasons” – Alison Smith and Andrew Caple; “Government databases and public health research: Facilitating access in the public interest” – Carolyn Adams and Judy Allen; “The spectre of court-sanctioned sacrificial separation of teenage conjoined twins against their will” – Colleen Davis; and “Judicial virtues and decision-making in the VCAT Guardianship List” – Richard Polkinghorn. Also included in this Part are several section notes, including Legal Issues; Medical Issues; Bioethical Issues; Nursing Issues; and Medical Law Reporter. There is also an editorial, a letter to the Editor and a book review.
The March Part of the Journal of Law and Medicine contains a range of articles and sections covering such broad topics as coronial law and practice, voluntary euthanasia, restriction of liberties of people with impaired capacity, Australian mental health legislation, medical practitioner regulation, manufacturers’ liability for pharmaceutical drugs, ethical, legal and social issues surrounding surrogacy law, sexual misconduct by health practitioners, sexual violence in armed conflict, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner regulation, health system privatisation directives, and much more!
The latest Part of the Journal of Law and Medicine is a special issue titled Regulating the Use of Human Bodily Material. It includes articles on the legal status of bodies, the regulation of the use of human bodily material, definitions of “property” offered by the majority of the High Court of Australia in the case of Yanner v Eaton, non-consensual genetic testing in Australia, biobanking of blood and bone marrow, property rights in recyclable artificial implants such as pacemakers, extra-bodily DNA sampling by the police, patent term extension schemes, travel for euthanasia or assisted suicide, the regulation of impaired doctors, plus much more.
Journal of Law and Medicine General Editor Dr Ian Freckelton SC met with Thomson Reuters earlier this year to discuss some of the recurring themes of the Journal and highlight developments at the intersection of law and medicine. Stay tuned to hear more insights from our team of expert authors.
Now in its 21st year, the Journal of Law and Medicine (JLM) focuses on legal, medical and bioethical issues that arise at the dynamic nexus between people’s health and the law. Professor Loane Skene of the University of Melbourne is the guest editor and coordinator of the upcoming December 2013 Special Issue of JLM. Titled ...more
The first Part of Volume 21 of the Journal of Law and Medicine includes several interesting articles and sections on various aspects of medical law. The topics covered include the risk of recidivism in de-registered health practitioners, negligent pre-birth genetic testing, refusal of medical treatment, misleading vaccination and immunisation information, the ethics of dementia research, disclosure of genetic information to genetic relatives, plus much more!
Journal of Law and Medicine (JLM) From whistle-blowing to immunisation, genetic testing and professional legal responsibility, Issue 1 of Volume 21 will cover a broad range of topics at the interface of law and medicine. Articles include: “Is whistle-blowing now mandatory? The impact of mandatory reporting laws on trust relationships in health care” by Jayne Hewitt “Jabs ...more
Recently published in the Journal of Law and Medicine at (2013) 20 JLM 723. There is a fairly well formed doctrine of informed consent in Australasia that includes the kind of information that a reasonable doctor would impart, the information that a reasonable patient should expect to be given and any details of treatment that ...more
The June 2013 issue of the Journal of Law and Medicine is the last Part for Volume 20 and is a Special Issue about law, policy and practice concerning stored embryos in assisted reproduction. The articles cover such topics as consent, information-giving and counselling concerning stored embryos, use of stored embryos after separation or death of a partner, the destruction of stored embryos and compensation for women who provide their eggs for research, the best interests of neonates, adult guardianship, and the right to life under the European Convention on Human Rights, plus much more!