Guest post from Maryna Zholud-Py: The test of deprivation of liberty frameworks in the context of Covid-19 outbreak: comparative study of legal proceedings in France and UK

I have written this paper as an academic essay for my LLM International & Comparative Disability Law and Policies at Galway University and shared it with Dr Lucy Series who kindly proposed me to publish it on her blog. This version is a shortened one: among others, all explanation about what is England & Wales…

Coronavirus – use of public health powers of detention

TL; DR: where care homes and hospitals are isolating people to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection without that person’s consent, then they are likely to be deprived of their liberty. If the main reason for this is public health – to protect others – then the deprivation of liberty safeguards cannot be used to…

So if not blogging, then what have I been up to…?

I’ve been a terrible blogger, really, since having a baby. She’s a bouncing four year old now (literally: we bought her a space hopper from the supermarket and she’s spent the lockdown bouncing around crushing anything in her path). But between frantically scrambling to fit my work into the hours that childcare allows, and trying…

The Mental Health Act’s forgotten sibling

I said these posts would get shorter as WFH meets no- childcare… this is a super quick one to pose a question. As you’ll no doubt have seen by now, the new Coronavirus emergency legislation aims to take pressure of frontline health and social care workers by reducing or removing various statutory duties in community…

Tomorrow’s world

The world is changing so fast, it seems each evening we go to sleep in a different one to the one we woke up in.  At a (hyper) local level, my household – my partner, my daughter and I – are now in household isolation for the next week. I’m having a ghastly foreshadowing of…

Cocoons

The storm has yet to reach most of us, but we can see it on the horizon.  We are officially no longer in the ‘contain’ phase of identifying individual cases of COVID-19 and isolating those individuals to prevent its spread. In yesterday’s government press conference, the Chief Scientific Officer – Sir Patrick Vallance – explained…

Coronavirus and the Mental Capacity Act 2005

It’s 10th March and it feels like the calm before the storm (albeit, there are also storms). This is a graph shared by Max Roser, of Our World in Data, of Italy’s infection rate with the new Coronavirus, Covid-19: The new #COVID2019 data for Italy by the WHO is out. • The number of total…