Special Issue "Rights of Vulnerable People"

A special issue of Laws (ISSN 2075-471X). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Law Issues".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2023 | Viewed by 290

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Brenda Frederiks
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Guest Editor
Department of Ethics, Health Law and Medical Humanities, Amsterdam UMC, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Interests: rights of vulnerable people; persons with intellectual disabilities; persons with dementia; long-term care; coercion; human rights

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The UN convention on the rights of persons with disabilities was signed in 2007. The aim of this convention is to protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities. Almost 15 years later, it is interesting to see what has happened in the different countries that ratified the convention. Are the rights of vulnerable persons better protected? What happened during the COVID-19 crisis to vulnerable persons? Are new Acts convention-proof? At the same time, we also see that there is a shortage of staff in healthcare. Vulnerable people are becoming older, living at home longer, and their children are busy. How does this affect the legal position of vulnerable people? In many countries it is normal that family members help in a nursing home or care for their elderly parents. In the UK, as well as Germany and China, for example, special arrangements exist and sometimes a family member has to help in a care home. In The Netherlands, the question of whether a duty of care for family members can be introduced is being discussed.

The aim of this Special Issue is to compare the different worldwide legal systems for vulnerable persons, and to investigate, 15 years after the signing of the convention, are good practices widespread?

The suggested themes are:

  • Human rights;
  • Good practices of protecting the rights of vulnerable people;
  • Impact of the convention on the rights of persons with disabilities;
  • Coercion and especially ‘open doors’ of nursing homes. Are persons to go outside?
  • Should different laws for persons with intellectual disabilities allowed?
  • Rights of vulnerable people;
  • Family duty of care (due to shortage of caregivers);
  • COVID-19 and long-term care: rights and duties.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Ethics;
  • Health law;
  • Care for persons with intellectual disabilities;
  • Care for persons with dementia;
  • Care for persons with psychiatric disorders.

I look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Brenda Frederiks
Guest Editor

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  • health law
  • vulnerable people
  • coercion
  • (human) rights
  • convention on the rights of persons with disabilities
  • discrimination
  • shortage of caregivers

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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