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: “Medicinal cannabis law reform in Australia” – Ian Freckelton QC; Legal Issues: “Non-consensual clinical research in New Zealand: Law reform urgently needed” – Joanna Manning; Medical Issues: “The treatment of intersex and the problem of delay: The Australian Senate inquiry into intersex surgery and conflicting human rights for children” – Mike O’Connor; and Medical Law Reporter: “Regulation of Australian medical professionals and national security: Lessons from three case studies” – Thomas Faunce, Michael McKenna, Johanna Rayner and Jazmin Hawes. Also in this Part are the following articles: “The New Zealand Coroners Amendment Bill’s proposed approach to health care-related deaths that are reportable to the coroner” – Jennifer Moore, Tim Stokes and Ben Gray; “Decision-making in a death investigation: Emotion, families and the coroner” – Gordon Tait, Belinda Carpenter, Carol Quadrelli and Michael Barnes; “Negotiating grief and trauma in the coronial jurisdiction” – Marc Trabsky and Paula Baron; “‘Blowed off by a side wind’? Coronial inquests following criminal acquittals” – John Aberdeen; “The coronial investigation of suspected deaths: Prevalence and outcomes in New South Wales” – Stephanie Dartnall and Jane Goodman-Delahunty; “Does the removal of anonymity reduce sperm donors in Australia?” – Damian H Adams, Shahid Ullah and Sheryl de Lacey; “Recall and understanding of risk in endodontics: A questionnaire survey” – Mark Johnstone, Stephen Harlamb and Peter Parashos; “Health complaints and regulatory reform: Implications for vulnerable populations?” – Terry Carney, Fleur Beaupert, Mary Chiarella, Belinda Bennett, Merrilyn Walton, Patrick J Kelly and Claudette S Satchell; “Defining deviation: The peer professional opinion defence and its relationship to scope expansion and emerging non-medical health professions” – Jon Wardle; “A Hospital-based Patient Legal Clinic” – Liz Bishop, Hana Shahkhan and Bebe Loff; “Beyond the corporeal: Extending propertisation of body parts to derivative information” – Wendy Bonython and Bruce Baer Arnold; and “Biobanking: Relational obligations” – Valmaine Toki. There is also a review of the book “Saviour Siblings: A Relational Approach to the Welfare of the Child in Selective Reproduction” by Michelle Taylor-Sands – reviewed by Ian Freckelton QC.