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  • 35% discount offer from Edward Elgar Publishing

Human Rights, Trade, Patents, Health and the Environment

Matthias Herdegen, University of Bonn, Germany

          Biotechnology is a field that inspires complex legal and ethical debates on an international scale. Taking a
fresh approach to the subject, Matthias Herdegen provides a comprehensive assessment of the regulation of
biotechnology processes and products from an international and comparative perspective.
          Herdegen explores how regulatory approaches to controversial issues such as: stem cell research and cloning
and gene therapy differ across jurisdictions due to conflicting values and risk perceptions. The book goes on to
examine how international regulatory instruments aim to address these conflicting perspectives and provide
judgments based on broad international consensus. Chapters explore the interaction between biotechnology
and different fields of law including: human rights, intellectual property, trade law and environmental law. In
doing so, a number of complex issues are raised such as the need to balance commercial interests with sociocultural considerations and the need to ensure respect for human dignity in the pursuit of biomedical research.
          Providing a concise and accessible guide to a complex field of international law, this book will be of great value
to those researching the law and regulation of biotechnology, biomedicine and biodiversity both within the EU
and on an international scale. The book will also be a useful resource for practicing lawyers as it includes sources
from a diverse range of legal systems and analyses relevant decisions by international adjudicatory bodies.

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  • Medicalism and the Mental Health Act book

John Fanning

medicalismTen years have passed since the Mental Health Act (MHA) 2007 came into force in England. An amending statute, the Act reformed the MHA 1983 and reshaped the law governing the compulsory care and treatment of people suffering from mental disorders. Primarily driven by concerns about risk, it sought to remove legalistic obstacles to civil commitment and extend the law’s coercive reach into the community. At the time of its introduction, the 2007 Act was written off as a retrograde step and a missed opportunity for radical, rights-focused reform. Despite this, little attention has been paid to its impact in the years since.

Published to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the 2007 Act, this book offers a timely evaluation of mental health law and policy in England. It argues that the current MHA defies easy categorisation within any of the descriptive models which have customarily narrated the mechanics of civil commitment, namely ‘legalism’, ‘new legalism’, and ‘medicalism’. It therefore makes the case for a new model – new medicalism – to account for the 2007 Act’s enhancement of the discretion of mental health professionals for the express purposes of facilitating the management of situations of risk. In doing so, the book: critically examines the problems inherent in civil commitment frameworks organised around the concept of risk; explores the theoretical foundations of new medicalism; considers the challenges facing proponents of future reform in the era of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; and, reflects on the 2007 Act’s practical impact.

John Fanning is Lecturer in Law at the University of Liverpool.

August 2018   |   9781509907663   |   344pp   |   Hardback   |    RSP: £75  

Discount Price for EAHL members: £60
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  • Message from Ukranian NCP on recent medical law books:

Dear colleagues!

I present to you information on the books on medical law, which came out in 2018 in Ukraine and enriched the domestic scientific source base on medical law. The work of authors consists of monographs, textbooks, and methodical recommendations, prepared for such practitioners as medical staff, lawyers of the health care system, etc. I hope that the literary heritage has also enriched the international scientific treasury of medical law.

Iryna Senyuta
National Contact Person of EAHL in Ukraine

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