Category Archives: Journal Articles

Developing guidance for HIV prosecutions: an example of harm reduction? – HIV/AIDS Policy & Law Review 13(1)

In England and Wales, where prosecutions for reckless HIV transmission have been taking place since 2003, the HIV sector persuaded the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to consult on the production of Legal Guidance for CPS prosecutors and caseworkers in this area of law, as well as an accompanying Policy Statement. In this article, Yusef Azad […]

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Access to condoms in U.S. prisons – HIV/AIDS Policy & Law Review 13(1)

Despite overwhelming evidence that condom use prevents the transmission of HIV, U.S. prison officials continue to limit the availability of condoms to incarcerated persons. Concern for transmission of HIV in prison and in the community upon prisoners’ release has increased the interest of some policymakers in the issue. In this article, Megan McLemore addresses security […]

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Adrift from the moorings of good public policy: Ignoring evidence and human rights – International Journal of Drug Policy 19 (2008)

The approach of Canada’s Government to Insite, North America’s first safer injecting facility, is one manifestation of what appears to be the government’s broader hostility to both evidence and human rights in public policy, at least insofar as that policy involves the health of people who use illicit drugs. A number of observations are warranted […]

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Delivering on the Pledge: Global Access to Medicines, WTO Rules, and Reforming Canada’s Law on Compulsory Licensing for Export – McGill International Journal of Sustainable Development Law & Policy

This article — published in the McGill International Journal of Sustainable Development Law & Policy, Volume 3, Issue 1 — outlines the relevance of WTO rules on intellectual property to the global inequity in access to medicines and reviews key developments at the WTO underlying such legislation. It discusses the key features, positive and negative, […]

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Legislation contagion: the spread of problematic new HIV laws in Western Africa – HIV/AIDS Policy & Law Review 12(2/3)

Model legislation can be a useful tool for fighting HIV/AIDS, but only if it is based on sound human rights principles. In 2004, AWARE–HIV/AIDS prepared a model law on HIV for use in Western Africa. Several countries in the region have already drafted national laws based on the model law. In this article, Director of […]

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Use of soft law to address HIV/AIDS in Southeast Asia – HIV/AIDS Policy & Law Review 12(2/3)

Non-binding agreements, or “soft law,” have played a role in influencing government policy and reducing HIV vulnerability among construction workers in the Greater Mekong Subregion of Southeast Asia. In this article, David Patterson et al. state that soft law sometimes offers advantages over treaty law, but that challenges remain in the implementation of soft law. […]

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Drug treatment courts in Canada: an evidence-based review – HIV/AIDS Policy & Law Review 12(2/3)

Drug treatment courts, which are judicially mandated treatment alternatives to the incarceration of illicit drug offenders, were introduced in Canada in late 1998. Recent announcements from the federal government suggest that the drug treatment court model will continue to operate and expand in a number of Canadian jurisdictions. Two major evaluations of these programs – […]

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Dangerously Out of Step: The International Narcotics Control Board and HIV/AIDS – Global AIDSLink

This article, published in Global AIDSLink #105, September–October 2007, is based on the report, Closed to Reason: The International Narcotics Control Board and HIV/AIDS.

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Deadly disregard: government refusal to implement evidence-based measures to prevent HIV and hepatitis C virus infections in prisons – Canadian Medical Association Journal 177(3) July 2007

Given the extensive evidence of known risks and successful responses to harm-reduction strategies, denying prisoners access to sterile injection or tattooing equipment infringes their human rights and raises questions about the legal liability of correctional systems.

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Male circumcision and HIV prevention: a human rights and public health challenge – HIV/AIDS Policy & Law Review 12(1)

In this article, Joanne Csete identifies some of the most important human rights questions that should be taken into account in the development of guidelines for national governments. The author argues that a scale-up of services to provide male circumcision provides an excellent opportunity to address issues concerning the subordination of women. Related Publications HIV/AIDS […]

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