This COVID-19 special issue of the Journal of Law and Medicine includes the following articles: “Legal Implications of Personal Protective Equipment Use When Treating Patients for COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2)” – Danuta Mendelson, Michael Keane, Mirko Bagaric and Cameron Graydon; “Compassion, Law and COVID-19” – Nigel Stobbs, Belinda Bennett and Ian Freckelton QC; “Violation Liability in the Context of the Spread of COVID-19: Russian Experience” – Svetlana I Pospelova, Yulia V Pavlova, Natalia A Kamenskaya and Sergey V Pospelov; “International Access to Public Health Data: An Important Brazilian Legal Precedent” – Ian Freckelton QC and Vera Lúcia Raposo; “Access to Health and Medical Research: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic” – Faith O Aboyeji; “Have Indian Surrogates Been Harmed by Commercial Surrogacy Transactions?” – Donna Cooper and Philippa Trowse; “Regulation of the Abortion Drug RU 486: The Collision of Politics, Ethics and Morals in Australia” – Nicola Bodor; “Vox populi, vox Dei? Previewing New Zealand’s Public Decision on Assisted Dying” – Jessica Young and Andrew Geddis; “Doctors and the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 (Vic): Knowledge and General Perspectives” – Jodhi Rutherford; “Legal Liability Arising from the Use of “Agent Orange” in the Kimberley: Registration of 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D in Australia” – Amne Alrifai; “Support Systems for Medical Decision-Making: Considerations for Japan” – Yoshihiko Iijima; “Corrective Justice and the Law Relating to Damages for Negligently Inflicted Psychiatric Injury: A Principled Explanation for the “Close and Loving Relationship” Consideration” – Martin Allcock; “Recency of Practice and the Maintenance of Professional Competence for Nurses and Midwives: A Scoping Review Protocol” – Casey Marnie, Micah DJ Peters, Deborah Forsythe, Kate Kennedy, Greg Sharplin, Marion Eckert, Mary Chiarella and Rachael Vernon; “Infanticide and Infanticide Statutes in Australia and New Zealand” – Russ Scott; and “Public Health versus Alcohol Industry Compliance Laws: A Case of Industry Capture?” – Tony Brown.
Also in this Part are the following sections: Editorial: “Perils of Precipitate Publication: Fraudulent and Substandard COVID-19 Research” – Ian Freckelton QC; Legal Issues: “COVID-19: Criminal Law, Public Assemblies and Human Rights Litigation” – Ian Freckelton QC; Medical Issues: “COVID-19 and Forensic Medical Practice” – David Ranson; Nursing and Midwifery Issues: “How COVID-19 Highlights an Ongoing Pandemic of Neglect and Oppression When It Comes to Women’s Reproductive Rights” – Hannah G Dahlen, Bashi Kumar-Hazard and Mary Chiarella; Genomic Law Issues: “Australian Perspectives on the Ethical and Regulatory Considerations for Responsible Data Sharing in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic” – Dianne Nicol, Don Chalmers, Christine Critchley, Lisa Eckstein, Jane Nielsen and Margaret Otlowski; Health Law Reporter: “Suicide-related Materials and Voluntary Assisted Dying” – Cameron Stewart, Ian Kerridge, Camille La Brooy and Paul Komesaroff; Family and Children’s Health Law Issues: “COVID-19 and Family Law Decision-Making” – Ian Freckelton QC; Obituary: Colin Tatz (1934–2019); Richard Tracey (1948–2019); and Book Review: “The Sealed Box of Suicide: The Contexts of Self-Death”.
The latest Part of the Journal of Law and Medicine include a Guest Editorial: “Where to Now for Reform of Global Health Governance?” – Professor Belinda Bennett; and the following sections: Legal Issues: “Current Challenges for the Regulation of Chemical Restraint in Health Care Settings” – Bernadette McSherry and Juan José Tellez; Medical Issues: “Solitary Confinement: Going Down the Rabbit Hole” – Danny Sullivan and Adam Deacon; Complementary Health Issues: “The Need to Develop a Regulatory Body for the Practice of Al-Hijama” – John F Mayberry; and Medical Law Reporter: “Corporatisation of Community Pharmacy and the Constitutional Prohibition of Civil Conscription for Medical Service Providers” – Caitlin Yazidjoglou and Thomas Faunce.
Also in this Part are the following articles: “Parents’ Opposition to Potentially Life-saving Treatment for Minors: Learning from the Oshin Kiszko Litigation” – Ian Freckelton QC; “The Legal Vacuum Surrounding Access to Gene-based Research Materials and Data” – Jane Nielsen and Dianne Nico; “Disclosure of Individual Research Results and Incidental Findings in Biobank Research: Why We Need an Evidence-based Approach” – Jennifer Fleming, Margaret Otlowski, Cameron Stewart, Christine Critchley and Ian Kerridge; “Open Access DNA, RNA and Amino Acid Sequences: The Consequences and Solutions for the International Regulation of Access and Benefit Sharing” – Charles Lawson and Michelle Rourke; “Access to Experimental Treatments: Comparative Analysis of Three Special Access Regimes” – Barbara von Tigerstrom and Emily Harris; “Regulation of Non-consensual Genetic Testing in Australia: Use of Samples from Deceased Persons” – Rebekah E McWhirter and Margaret Otlowski; “Translating Knowledge from Research to Outcomes: Pharmacogenomics in the Treatment of HIV/AIDS” – Jayne E Hewitt; “Some Legal Issues Regarding the Patenting of Human Genetic Materials” – Peter MacFarlane and Betty Kontoleon; “Non-invasive Prenatal Testing: The Problem with ‘Fast Cars'”– Jeanne Snelling, Nikki Kerruish and Jessie Lenagh-Glue; “Medical Abortion in Australia: What Are the Clinical and Legal Risks? Is Medical Abortion Over-regulated?” – Anne O’Rourke, Suzanne Belton and Ea Mulligan; “New Zealand’s Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal: An Analysis of Decisions 2004-2014” – Lois J Surgenor, Kate Diesfeld, Michael Ip and Kate Kersey; and “Cloak and Dagger? Statutory Privilege for Quality Activities in New Zealand” – Meenal Duggal. There is also a review of the book “Health Law in New Zealand” by Peter Skegg and Ron Paterson (eds) – reviewed by Ian Freckelton QC.
The latest Part of JLM is full of interesting articles and sections, including “Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and the law in Australia: The need for awareness and concern to translate into urgent action” – Ian Freckelton SC; “A right to refuse: Legal aspects of dealing with intoxicated patients who refuse treatment” – Lisa Butson, Mandy Shircore and Ben Butson; “Property rights in human gametes in Australia” – Vanessa White; “Back to the future: Prohibiting surrogacy for singles, same-sex and shorter-term heterosexual couples in Queensland” – Malcolm K Smith, Lindy Willmott, Pip Trowse and Ben White; “Cain v Australian Red Cross Society: The case for universal blood donation reform” – Rodney Croome and Benedict Bartl; “Criminal responsibility for the non-disclosure of HIV-positive status before sexual activity” – Joanna Manning; “‘Forced sterilisation’: Clarifying and challenging intuitions and models” – Malcolm Parker, plus much more!