Coronial law and practice: a human rights perspective

Ian Freckelton, Simon K Mcgregor

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    Coronial law and practice inevitably impact upon the human rights of those affected by deaths. It is important that such rights be incorporated in how death investigations, up to and including coronial inquests, take place. This article explores the significant impact of the jurisprudence emanating from the European Court of Human Rights, as well as the application of such law by the courts of the United Kingdom and potentially in other countries. It argues that viewing the work of coroners through the lens of human rights is a constructive approach and that, although in the coronial legislation of Australia and New Zealand, many human rights, especially those of family members, and civil liberties are explicitly protected, there remain real advantages in reflecting upon compliance with human rights by death investigation procedures and decision-making.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)584-601
    Number of pages18
    JournalJournal of Law and Medicine
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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