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

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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

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages262
ISBN (Print)9781107091825
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2016

Publication series

NameCambridge Bioethics and Law
PublisherCambridge University Press