Available online and now in print form with a dashing green cover the bonus issue of the Medico-Legal Journal has now been published.
The medical editor Professor Harry Zeitlin (who is due to assume the presidency of the Society in October) has written an editorial on Child Pornography and this is complemented by an article on the same subject from Sebastien Prat and three Canadian colleagues.
This issue publishes Lady Justice Heather Hallett’s talk to the Society on “Objectivity in an Adversarial System” which discusses, in particular, the partisanship of some expert witnesses and Dr Michael Norton’s paper “When Dental Implants Go Wrong.”
Original articles include a discussion from authors in Italy of assisted suicide and an article on how electron microscopy showed that the murder of a victim was achieved by two different weapons. Also from Italy is a further discussion of the use of electron microscopy in an occupational death.
Further articles which complement one another are a contribution from MLS member (and former president) Alex Samuels on Surrogacy and the Law and a discussion from India on new laws passed in 2018 banning commercial surrogacy.
The special Covid-19 edition of the Medico-Legal Journal (vol 88 part 2) has been published.
The Editor has written a wide-ranging review of the impact of the virus in the UK in general and London in particular whilst the Medical Editor considers its impact on children.
Authors from the Institute of Legal Medicine in Catanzaro, Italy consider the implications of the virus for domestic violence and a series of articles by contributors from Palermo, Sicily consider the usefulness of digital tools as a means of access to psychological and psychotherapeutic support; telemedicine for diagnostic and other purposes; whether there are lessons to be learned by the Italian Health Service and of demands by prisoners for “home detention” in order to avoid infection whilst incarcerated.
Another group as widely dispersed as India, the Czech Republic and Jamaica look at dead body management during the pandemic.
Lawyers from the UK write about the Coronavirus Act 2020 and the likelihood of the pandemic provoking future litigation.