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March 26, 2015
Biosecurity in a Globalised World: The Adoption of the Revised International Health Regulations – 10 Years On
In 2015 it will be 10 years since the adoption of the revised International Health Regulations (IHR). To mark this important anniversary, QUT’s Australian Centre for Health Law Research is pleased to invite you to Biosecurity in a Globalised World: The Adoption of the Revised International Health Regulations – 10 Years On.
The conference will be hosted by the Australian Centre for Health Law Research at Queensland University of Technology’s Gardens Point campus in Brisbane from 27-28 July 2015.
The conference will provide a forum for scholars and policy makers to discuss and present on the progress achieved through the IHR to date, and the important work yet to be done.
The keynote address will be delivered by Professor Lawrence O. Gostin, Founding O’Neill Chair in Global Health Law, Georgetown University, USA.
Themes to be discussed at the conference include:
- Development of IHR core capacities
- Regulatory responses
- Securitisation of infectious disease outbreaks
- Human rights
Papers from all disciplines and areas of expertise are welcome.
For further information please visit http://ihr2015.com/
If you have any questions, or require any assistance, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For updates on the conference follow @HealthLawQUT
Official conference hashtag: #IHR2015
IHR 2015 Conference Organisers
March 26, 2015
The Initiative on Islam and Medicine’s (II&M) 2nd Annual Islamic Bioethics Workshop, titled “Dissecting the Ethics of Organ Donation,” will be held June 5-7, 2015, at the University of Chicago.
Co-sponsored by the American Islamic College, the 3-day workshop will provide an in-depth conceptual introduction to the field of Islamic bioethics and examine the practical and theological ethics of organ donation in Muslim contexts and from an Islamic perspective. A brochure is downloadable here.
March 25, 2015
Following the procedural path set by the Jahi McMath case in 2013, the family of Lisa Avila has obtained a TRO "precluding" Anaheim Regional Medical Center from "removing Lisa Avila from the ventilator or ending any of the current treatment."
March 24, 2015
In 2008, I reviewed all the medical futility lawsuits that I could find. I looked at both ex ante cases (for injunctions) and ex post cases (for damages). With respect to the ex post cases, I concluded that the single most successful theory...
March 24, 2015
The family of Mary Virginia Schuller has just filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against a long term care facility for, among other things, failing to honor her June 2014 POLST.
Administratively, CMS has already concluded that the fa...
March 24, 2015
The AALS Section on Disability Law issued the following call for papers and presentations for the 2016 AALS Annual Meeting to be held in New York, New York, January 6-9, 2016. Selected papers will be published in the Journal of Legal Medicine.
Program titleThe Wounded Warrior Comes Home: Exploring the Impact of Disabled Veterans on Disability, Health, and Other Law and Policy.
Program DescriptionAbout a century ago, returning war veterans with disabilities had a profound impact on both cultural and legal attitudes toward disability, shifting us from the charitable model to the rehabilitation model. Today’s soldiers often survive injuries that would have been fatal in prior combat engagements, leaving them with even more significant physical impairments. There is also a growing understanding of the scope of mental impairments associated with military service.
At the same time, disability has shifted from something personal to the individual that she or he must work to overcome, to something largely attributable to choices made by society, and we now recognize equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities is a matter of civil rights. Veterans with disabilities may once again play a significant role in shaping the future of disability rights law. In addition, in an era of changing norms regarding health care, veterans with disabilities may play a significant role in that context. Beyond those topics, veterans with disabilities may affect issues of criminal law, employee benefits law, and tax law, to name a few.
This panel will explore the contemporary impact of veterans with disabilities on our law, including ways in which law and policy can be more responsive to the needs of these veterans and those with whom they interact, and how their unique status may help inform various normative conversations.
Paper/Presentation Requirements and Submission InstructionsPresentations and papers may address a wide spectrum of issues associated with the program topic, from macro or micro perspectives, and further may focus on historical foundations, present conditions, assessment of past or current corrective measures, and/or the analysis of necessary corrections or changes in law or public policy.Selected papers will be published in the Journal of Legal Medicine, the legal journal of the American College of Legal Medicine. Papers must not have been published or accepted for publication elsewhere. Preference will be given to papers of 25,000 words or fewer.
Abstracts of proposed papers/presentations should be submitted to Cheryl L. Anderson, AALS Disability Law Section Chair, at email@example.com no later than Monday, August 3, 2015. The officers of the Section on Disability Law will select two abstracts for presentations. Authors will be notified no later than August 24, 2015.
March 24, 2015
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has just published a new framework to help doctors make tough decisions on end of life care for children and young people.
The new framework sets out an ethical and legal framework for when it can be considered no longer in the best interests of the child to give life sustaining treatment. Specifically, the framework provides three sets of circumstances when limiting treatment can be considered because it is no longer in the child’s best interests to continue:
- When life is limited in quantity: If treatment is unable or unlikely to prolong life significantly it may not be in the child’s best interests to provide it
- When life is limited in quality: This includes situations where treatment may be able to prolong life significantly but will not alleviate the burdens associated with illness or treatment itself
- Informed competent refusal of treatment: An older child with extensive experience of illness may repeatedly and competently consent to the withdrawal or withholding of LST. In these circumstances, and where the child is supported by his or her parents and by the clinical team, there is no ethical obligation to provide LST.
March 23, 2015
Coming up next month in Miami: "Schiavo: 10 Years Later" - at the Florida Bioethics Network and University of Miami 23rd Annual Bioethics Conference on April 17, 2015.
Other sessions address
The Future of Hospital Ethics Committees
March 22, 2015
Utah S.B. 271 has passed both houses of the state legislature. It prohibits denial of coverage under a health benefit plan because of life expectancy or a terminal condition.
The bill mandates that a health benefit plan may not deny coverag...
March 21, 2015
Earlier this week, Anaheim Regional Medical Center diagnosed Lisa Avila, 37, and the mother of seven, as dead (by neurological criteria). Accordingly, consistent with California law and the medical standard of care, the hospital told the family t...
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