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Criminalising Contagion
Legal and Ethical Challenges of Disease Transmission and the Criminal Law


Part of Cambridge Bioethics and Law

Hannah Quirk, Catherine Stanton, Matthew Weait, Mike Hanne, Kerri A. Inglis, Ceri Evans, Aslak Syse, Leslie E. Wolf, Eric Mykhalovskiy, Alana Klein, Karl Laird
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  • Date Published: December 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107464575

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  • The use of the criminal law to punish those who transmit disease is a topical and controversial issue. To date, the law, and the related academic literature, has largely focused on HIV transmission. With contributions from leading practitioners and international scholars from a variety of disciplines, this volume explores the broader question of if and when it is appropriate to criminalise the transmission of contagion. The scope and application of the laws in jurisdictions such as Canada, the United Kingdom and Norway are considered, historical comparisons are examined, and options for the further development of the law are proposed.

    • Contributors from the UK, the United States, Norway, New Zealand and Canada provide international perspectives on the issues raised
    • Contributors include academics from a range of disciplines, scholar-activists and a healthcare professional
    • Provides a topical consideration of the challenges raised by the use of criminal law in the context of disease transmission
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    • Date Published: December 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107464575
    • length: 260 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: disease transmission and the criminal law: a growing concern? Hannah Quirk and Catherine Stanton
    1. HIV and the meaning of harm Matthew Weait
    2. Crime and disease: contagion by metaphor Mike Hanne
    3. Leprosy and the law: the 'criminalisation' of Hansen's disease in Hawai'i, 1865–1969 Kerri A. Inglis
    4. Criminalisation: the impact on the healthcare/patient relationship Ceri Evans
    5. Criminal law and contagious diseases – a Nordic perspective Aslak Syse
    6. Criminal HIV exposure statutes and public health in the United States Leslie E. Wolf
    7. Making science count: significant risk, HIV non-disclosure and science-based criminal law reform: a reflexive analysis Eric Mykhalovskiy
    8. Feminism and the criminalisation of HIV non-disclosure Alana Klein
    9. Criminalising contagion - questioning the paradigm Karl Laird.

  • Editors

    Catherine Stanton, University of Manchester
    Catherine Stanton is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Manchester.

    Hannah Quirk, University of Manchester
    Hannah Quirk is Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law and Justice at the University of Manchester.


    Hannah Quirk, Catherine Stanton, Matthew Weait, Mike Hanne, Kerri A. Inglis, Ceri Evans, Aslak Syse, Leslie E. Wolf, Eric Mykhalovskiy, Alana Klein, Karl Laird

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