The latest Part of the Journal of Law and Medicine includes the following sections: Editorial: “Futility of Treatment for Dying Children: Lessons from the Charlie Gard Case” – Ian Freckelton QC; Legal Issues: “Voluntary Assisted Dying Legislation in Victoria: What Can We Learn from the Netherlands Experience?” – Danuta Mendelson; Medical Issues: “Prioritising Patients’ Preferences: Victoria’s New Advance Planning and Medical Consent Legislation” – John Chesterman; and Medical Law Reporter: “High Court of Australia and HIV/AIDS Disease Criminalisation: Aubrey v The Queen and Zaburoni v The Queen” – Thomas Faunce and Brendan Siles. Also in this Part are the following articles: “Doctors with Conditions – Rehabilitation or Risk” – Helen Kiel; “Commentary on Undue Influence Provisions under Oregon Death with Dignity Act and California’s End of Life Option Act” – Michaela Estelle Okninski; “Private Health Care in New Zealand: Five Policy Prescriptions” – Rachel Tompkins; “Jurors’ and Judges’ Evaluation of Defendants with Autism and the Impact on Sentencing: A Systematic Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses (PRISMA) Review of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Courtroom” – Clare S Allely and Penny Cooper; “Let’s Starve Down to the Bone: Pro-anorexia Websites and the Law” – Marilyn Bromberg and Tomas Fitzgerald; “Legal and Ethical Issues Surrounding Advance Care Directives in Australia: Implications for the Advance Care Planning Document in the Australian My Health Record” – Shaun McCarthy, Jacqueline Meredith, Lucy Bryant and Bronwyn Hemsley; “Criticising Current Causation Principles: Views from Victorian Lawyers on Medical Negligence Legislation” – Tina Popa; “The Murder Trial of Gerard Baden-Clay: Admissibility of Expert Opinion Evidence of Injuries and Cause of Death” – Russ Scott; “Use of Coronial Post-mortem Tissue for Research in New Zealand” – Brandi L Bellissima, Fintan Garavan, Jonathan R Skinner and Malcolm D Tingle; “Choosing Wisely: Law’s Contribution as a Cause of and a Cure for Unwise Health Care Choices” – Nola M Ries; “Legal and Medical Aspects of Diverse Gender Identity in Childhood” – Felicity Bell and Anthony Bell; “Obesity Prevention Laws and the Australian Constitution” – Jacqueline Lau, Elizabeth Handsley and Christopher Reynolds; “Capacity and Vulnerability: How Lawyers Assess the Legal Capacity of Older Clients” – Lise Barry. There is also a review of the book “Merry and McCall Smith’s Errors, Medicine and the Law” by Alan Merry and Warren Brookbanks (eds) – reviewed by Ian Freckelton QC.
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.