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Oliver Lewis - Disability, coronavirus and international human rights
Updated 24 March 2020.  This is a summary of guidance from international human rights bodies in relation to the protection of the rights of people with disabilities in the coronavirus pandemic. "People with disabilities" includes people with...Read more
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Oliver Lewis, Sophy Miles, Aswini Weereratne QC - How does the Coronavirus Bill change the Mental Health Act?
The temporary modifications to the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA) appear in part 2 of Schedule 7 of the Coronavirus Bill. As expected they relax some of the provisions of the MHA to free up and reduce the pressure on health and social care staff.... Read more
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Sophy Miles, Aswini Weereratne QC - Emergency Legislation - What we know so far
This post considers two pieces of legislation which aim to address the Coronavirus pandemic in England and Wales.   The first is the proposed Coronavirus Bill.  The text of the bill has not yet been released but on 17 March 2020 the...Read more
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Can 'best interests' decisions constitute torture?
The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture has recently released a report about psychological torture. Nils Melzer, Professor of Law at the University of Glasgow holds the part-time position of UN Special Rapporteur on Torture. His definition of... Read more
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