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 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!
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!