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 includes the following sections: Editorial: “Procedural Fairness and the Coroner” – Ian Freckelton QC; Legal Issues: “The European Union General Data Protection Regulation (EU 2016/679) and the Australian My Health Record Scheme – A Comparative Study of Consent to Data Processing Provisions” – Danuta Mendelson; Medical Issues: “Geriatric Forensic Medicine – A Specialty that can no Longer Wait to be Realised” – David Ranson and Joseph Ibrahim; Bioethical Issues: “‘A Steadying Hand’: Ascribing Speech Acts to Users of Predictive Speech Assistive Technologies” – Stephen Rainey; and Medical Law Reporter: “Australia’s First Official Illicit Pill Testing at Canberra’s Groovin’ the Moo Music Festival: Legal Hurdles and Future Prospects” – Sarah Byrne, Angela Gock, Anne Cowling and Thomas Faunce. Also in this Part are the following articles: “Moritz Meyer and the Medical Board: Preventing Refugee Doctors from Practising Medicine in Victoria, Australia, 1937–1958” – Gabrielle Wolf; “Does Disciplinary Law Protect Us from False and Misleading Health Advertising?” – Jordan Sacco; “National Competition Policy and Australia’s Health Care System: A Look at the Policy Landscape with New Eyes” – Jayne E Hewitt; “Dental Health Workforce Regulation – How Amendments to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act May Shape the Future of the Dental Profession” – Gillian Jean, Alexander Holden and Marc Tennant; “In Sickness and in Prison: The Case for Removing the Medicare Exclusion for Australian Prisoners” – Craig Cumming, Stuart A Kinner, David B Preen and Ann-Claire Larsen; “‘Mental Disorder’ and Sentencing: Resolving the Definitional Problem” – Jamie Walvisch; “Biologics and Public Health: Prospects and Challenges” – Olasupo Owoeye and Oluwabusayo Owoeye; “The Privacy-Related Challenges Facing Medical Research in an Era of Big Data Analytics: A Critical Analysis of Australian Legal and Regulatory Frameworks” – Moira Paterson and Normann Witzleb; “Australian Public Attitudes on Gene Editing of the Human Embryo” – Tamara Treleaven and Bernard E Tuch; “Regulating RNA Research and CRISPR Gene Drives to Combat Biosecurity Threats” – Thomas Faunce, Andrew Ray, Christie Gardiner, Thomas Preiss and Gaetan Burgio; “Providing Palliative Care at the End of Life: Should Health Professionals Fear Regulation?” – Lindy Willmott, Ben White, Donella Piper, Patsy Yates, Geoffrey Mitchell and David Currow; “The Role of the Medical Profession in Victorian Assisted Dying Law Reform” – Jodhi Rutherford; and “Sexual Assault Examination of the Unconscious Patient: A Legal, Ethical and Professional Grey-area for the Forensic Physician” – Justine E Rogers, Morris S Odell and Jason R Schreiber. There is also a review of the book “Diamonds and Stones in an Era of Gold” by Brian Collopy – reviewed by Ian Freckelton QC.