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Friday 4 October 2013

Waiting out the legal challenges to plain packaging - playing into the tobacco industry's hands?

Nearly two years after the passage of Australia's plain packaging legislation, and ten months after it came fully into effect, the international legal challenges continue. Slowly. And the tobacco industry, which is directly pursuing one of the challenges and providing support to the others, is telling governments considering stronger tobacco control measures to wait until the challenges are resolved.
Friday 27 September 2013

From Australia to Thailand - defending tobacco packaging laws against multinational tobacco industry lawsuits

I had the great privilege of being in Bangkok, Thailand, last week to talk with public health and legal colleagues about Thailand's defence of lawsuits brought against it by the multinational tobacco industry.
Wednesday 11 September 2013

Cancer Voices Australia v Myriad Genetics Inc: Reflections on a Patent Controversy

Should human cancer disposing genes be considered patentable inventions? What exactly is an ‘invention'? What impact would this have on patient healthcare and cancer research? How does Australia's patent law system operate? These were some of the questions I had to consider when analysing the Federal Court of Australia's historic ruling on the practice of ‘gene patenting' in Cancer Voices Australia v Myriad Genetics Inc during my internship with the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer, undertaken earlier this year in partnership with the Melbourne Law School.
Wednesday 4 September 2013

Making the law work better for people affected by cancer: employment

While many employers are supportive when an employee is affected by cancer, retaining, returning to, or finding new employment can be difficult for some people who have or have had cancer. 
Friday 19 April 2013

Making the law work better for people affected by cancer: support for travel for treatment

Across Australia, as geographical isolation increases, cancer care is less accessible. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the further from a metropolitan centre a person with cancer lives, the more likely they are to die within five years of diagnosis. For some cancers, those who live remotely are up to 300% more likely to die within five years of diagnosis. In the second blog of our series, we outline some of the challenges for people who need to travel long distances for cancer treatment.
Friday 5 April 2013

Flagging down a cab or booking a chauffeur-driven limousine? Are we lowering the Bar?

Under the cab rank rule, a barrister should not refuse a brief on the basis of the objectionableness of a potential client’s behaviour or character. The rule was the subject of a very interesting event we co-hosted last month, ‘Is it the end of the line for the cab rank rule?’, with Monash University’s Centre for Regulatory Studies on the occasion of the visit to Melbourne of UK Professor John Flood, who has recently published a paper, with Professor Morten Hviid, ‘The Cab Rank Rule: Its Meaning and Purpose in the New Legal Services Market’
Tuesday 2 April 2013

Making the law work better for people affected by cancer: a McCabe Centre issues paper

Whether we're consciously aware of it or not, the law influences how people make decisions about health care, treatment and support. This is no different for people affected by cancer.
Monday 4 February 2013

McCabe Centre: one year on

Today, World Cancer Day, marks a year since the McCabe Centre commenced operation - as good a time as any for us to enter the blogosphere. We'll be blogging on a wide range of law-and-cancer issues over the months and years ahead, and running contributions from guest bloggers. So, please keep an eye on this page, and feel free to send us suggestions.
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Friday 4 February 2022

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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.