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Wednesday 19 December 2018

Plain Packaging Workshop to explore WTO Decision

In November, 27 government lawyers and policymakers from 24 countries joined the McCabe Centre in Melbourne for a one-week Plain Packaging Workshop on the World Trade Organization (WTO) Decision.
Wednesday 31 October 2018

Doctors and costs disclosure: Time for clearer standards

The final Perspective of the Informed Financial Consent series further explores the importance and meaning of informed financial consent, and suggests that the legal costs disclosure obligations placed on lawyers can serve as a model for a legal duty for doctors to discuss and disclose costs.
Wednesday 24 October 2018

A legal duty for informed financial consent

This second Perspective of the Informed Financial Consent series sets out the importance of informed financial consent to patients and why disclosing the costs of medical treatment is, and should be, part of a doctor’s duty of informed consent.
Thursday 18 October 2018

Unexpected side effect: Out-of-pocket costs, financial toxicity and medical treatment

In the first Perspective of the Informed Financial Consent Series we discuss how out-of-pocket costs are driving up the costs of cancer treatment and affecting Australians undergoing medical treatment for cancer.
Tuesday 4 September 2018

McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer designated as World Health Organization Collaborating Centre

The McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer is now a designated World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Law and Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs), focusing on the effective use of law to prevent and control NCDs.
Friday 29 June 2018

Australia delivered third resounding legal victory in plain packaging laws

Australia has been delivered its third resounding legal victory in the defence of its tobacco plain packaging laws with release of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Panel Report overnight (Thursday, 28 June in Geneva). The Panel Report finds in favour of Australia, dismissing claims brought by Cuba, Dominican Republic, Honduras and Indonesia.
Friday 2 February 2018

McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer: New Strategic Plan 2018-2022

This World Cancer Day, we are excited to launch the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer’s new Strategic Plan for 2018-2022.
Friday 1 December 2017

Setting a price floor for alcohol: a look at the introduction of minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Scotland and the legal challenge to the measure

On 15 November 2017, the UK Supreme Court dismissed an appeal brought by the Scotch Whisky Association and two Belgian organisations, spiritsEUROPE and Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins (‘CEEV’) against Scottish legislation introducing a minimum unit price for alcohol. Clare Slattery looks at the challenge.
Wednesday 18 October 2017

Advance care directive completion and the conundrum of advance consent

This blog is based on a paper that Dr Deborah Lawson presented at the International Conference on End of Life Law, Ethics, Policy and Practice in Nova Scotia, Canada, 13-15 September 2017. The paper considers whether medical involvement should be required in advance care directive completion, with a particular focus on whether there are relevant differences between advance refusal and advance consent.
Monday 16 October 2017

Comment on Derek Yach’s Lancet article Foundation for a smoke-free world

I was extremely surprised to learn that Derek Yach had cited a paper of mine in his recent Lancet piece, Foundation for a smoke-free world, about his new Philip Morris-funded foundation. I do not agree with Yach’s assertion and will hope to have his inaccurate reference to my article removed from his Lancet paper.
Thursday 5 October 2017

Abuse of trust: the case of Belle Gibson and fake cancer cures

As the case of a health blogger who fraudulently profited from a fabricated account of beating cancer concludes, there is hope that new legislation in Victoria will put an end to dodgy cancer cure claims.
Thursday 27 July 2017

Philip Morris ordered to pay Australia for costs of defending tobacco plain packaging investment challenge

On 13 July 2017, the tribunal constituted to hear Philip Morris Asia Ltd’s (PMA) investment treaty challenge against Australia’s tobacco plain packaging laws ordered PMA to reimburse Australia for costs involved in defending the case.
Thursday 6 April 2017

Court of Appeal of Kenya rejects BAT challenge to Tobacco Control Regulations

On 17 February 2017, the Court of Appeal of Kenya at Nairobi upheld the High Court of Kenya’s dismissal of a legal challenge brought by British American Tobacco (BAT) to the Tobacco Control Regulations (2014), made under the Tobacco Control Act (2007).
Wednesday 29 March 2017

Not so sweet refrain: Sugar-sweetened beverages taxes, industry opposition and four key lessons learned from tobacco control legal challenges

As a growing number of countries implement or announce plans to introduce an SSB tax, we draw four key lessons from legal challenges to tobacco control measures that will assist countries to design effective and robust SSB tax measures and counter food & beverage industry opposition.
Thursday 2 February 2017

McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer celebrates 5 years

This Saturday, World Cancer Day, the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer turns 5. It’s been an amazing 5 years for us.
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Thursday 3 March 2022

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Friday 4 February 2022

Celebrating 10 years of advancing law to fight cancer

A decade after launching as the only centre of its kind in the world, the McCabe Centre for Law & Cancer has released its 10-year impact report outlining its contribution to laws that prevent cancer and protect people affected by it.
Wednesday 19 January 2022

Collaborative workshop provides tools to strengthen legal implementation of the WHO FCTC in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

The Knowledge Hub for Legal Challenges, hosted by the McCabe Centre for Law & Cancer, collaborated with the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region Office and the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Secretariat to stage the workshop, which ran from 30 November to 8 December 2021, focusing on legal and regulatory measures for tobacco control.
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Friday 26 November 2021

Gold Awards for the McCabe Centre’s Online Legal Training Course

The McCabe Centre for Law & Cancer, in partnership with  Cancer Council Victoria’s Learning and Innovation Hub (LIH), have won three Gold Awards at the LEARNX Live! Awards, for their work on a new Online Legal Training Course.