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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.
Friday 16 December 2016

Court of Appeal upholds UK plain packaging judgment

On 30 November 2016, the Court of Appeal of England and Wales upheld the High Court of Justice of England and Wales’s judgment on the United Kingdom’s standardised (plain) tobacco packaging, dismissing an appeal brought by three tobacco companies and four tipping paper manufacturers.
Friday 19 August 2016

WHO FCTC implementation after Philip Morris v Uruguay: five key messages from the Award

On 8 July 2016, the arbitral tribunal constituted to hear Philip Morris’ challenge to Uruguay’s tobacco packaging and labelling measures under a 1988 bilateral investment treaty between Switzerland and Uruguay handed down its Award, dismissing all of Philip Morris’ claims against Uruguay’s large graphic health warnings and its ‘single presentation requirement’, a requirement that tobacco manufacturers produce no more than one variant of a single brand family of cigarettes. We've written a paper explaining the key aspects of the Philip Morris v Uruguay award for countries looking to move ahead with WHO FCTC implementation - learn more in this blog.
Wednesday 29 June 2016

The High Court of Justice decision on UK standardized packaging: Key points for other jurisdictions

On 19 May 2016, the High Court of Justice of England and Wales handed down its decision dismissing the legal challenges to the United Kingdom’s tobacco standardized packaging (or plain packaging) laws. The McCabe Centre examines the significance of the decision on plain packaging in the UK for other jurisdictions.
Monday 11 April 2016

Why the 2016 UNGASS will be critical to global pain relief and palliative care

Next week, high-level representatives of governments will assemble at UN Headquarters in New York for the 2016 UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem. In this guest post for ehospice's series on access to medications and UNGASS, Jonathan Liberman explains why the 2016 UNGASS could galvanise efforts to provide pain relief, palliative care and protection of dignity to millions of people around the world.
Friday 12 February 2016

International Narcotics Control Board releases new report on Availability of Internationally Controlled Drugs

The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) released its report Availability of Internationally Controlled Drugs: Ensuring Adequate Access for Medical and Scientific Purposes last Thursday, 4 February 2016.  The new report highlights disparities between high- and low/middle-income countries in availability of and access to controlled medicines.

Wednesday 6 May 2015

Fight for plain truth far from over

Jonathan Liberman, Director of the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer, outlines the research findings but says the fight against tobacco companies is far from over - for Australia still but also for other countries, particularly those who are less resourced but vulnerable to the social and health costs of tobacco in coming decades.
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Wednesday 13 October 2021

Workshop provides tools to progress tobacco control in the Pacific

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Thursday 30 September 2021

McCabe Centre speaks about Big Tobacco interference in Africa

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Reflections from our Melbourne Law School intern: Keith Lu

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Monday 20 September 2021

Hayley Jones appointed Director of McCabe Centre

Hayley will continue to lead the McCabe Centre after two successful years as Acting Director.