Laws to detain individuals with substance dependency: Breaching human rights or restoring health?

Bernadette McSherry

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At the turn of the 20th century in the United Kingdom and Australia, legislation was introduced to detain and treat "inebriates". Since that time, variations of such laws have continued to exist. This column examines current laws in Australia and New Zealand with a particular focus on recent law reform efforts in New South Wales and Victoria. The column raises some of the issues with these laws in relation to breaching human rights for the purpose of treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-231
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Law and Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011

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