The latest Part of the Journal of Law and Medicine includes the following sections: Editorial: “Interstate and Overseas Deaths: Jurisdictional and Decision-Making Challenges for Coroners” – Ian Freckelton QC; Letter to the Editor; Legal Issues: “‘Hospitals and Clinicians Need Not Apply:’ Withdrawing Clinically Assisted Nutrition and Hydration in Undisputed Cases” – Joanna Manning; Medical Issues: “Eve’s Curse: Intolerable Unrelieved Pain in Labour – Necessary Evil or Medical Negligence?” – Mike O’Connor; Bioethical Issues: “Should an Advance Care Directive Refusing Life-Sustaining Treatment Be Respected after an Attempted Suicide? Development of an Algorithm to Aid Health Care Workers” – Steve John Philpot; and Medical Law Reporter: “Citizens’ Juries, Liquid Democracy and Legislative Reform of Australian Compulsory Insurance Schemes for Injury Compensation after Motor Vehicle Accidents” – Felix Blumer, Talia Gedik and Thomas Faunce. Also in this Part are the following articles: “HIV and HCV Epidemics: Lessons for Lawyers and Policymakers” – The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG; “Therapeutic Privilege Is No Defence” – Scott Davison; “A Comparative View of Australian Education in Law and Medicine” – Marcus Smith and Rachael Heath Jeffery; “Protecting the Continued Development of Collaborative Expert Witness Evidence in Australia: Surely We Should?” – Christopher D Mills; “Criminalising Health Care? The Use of Offences in the Mental Health Act 2015 (ACT)” – Sam Pang; “Authorising the Release of Data without Consent for Health Research: The Role of Data Custodians and HRECs in Australia” – Felicity Flack, Carolyn Adams and Judy Allen; “Sugar Consumption Tax: A Good Idea or Not?” – Jane Truscott; “Embryo Donation in New Zealand: Considerations of the Health and Wellbeing of Children” – Louise Wilsdon; and “A New Law of Advance Directives in Italy: A Critical Legal Analysis” – Denard Veshi, Enkelejda Koka and Carlo Venditti. There is also a review of the book “The Hanged Man and the Body Thief” by Alexandra Roginski – reviewed by Ian Freckelton QC.
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!