Prof Danuta Mendelson

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Chair in Law (Research)

Faculty

Faculty of Business and Law

Department

BL Law

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts (1st Class Honours), Monash University, 1970
Master of Arts, Monash University, 1973
Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 1980
Bachelor of Law(s) (Honours), Monash University, 1988
Master of Laws, Monash University, 1995

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Biography

Professor Danuta Mendelson holds the Research Chair in Law at the Deakin School of Law. She has authored several books including The New Law of Torts [2014, 3rd edition, Oxford University Press]; and Interfaces of Medicine and Law: The History of the Liability for Negligently Caused Psychiatric Injury (Nervous Shock) [1998, Ashgate/Dartmouth]. She has also published several book chapters and some 90 peer-reviewed articles published in leading Australian and international journals. Her fields of research include legal causation; abatement of medical treatment; palliative care and euthanasia; consent to and refusal of medical treatment; confidentiality; malingering and the function of expert medical witnesses; electronic health records; damages; and torts law reform.

Recognised as a leading scholar in law of torts and health jurisprudence in Australia and internationally, Professor Mendelson's books and articles have been cited with approval by numerous international scholars, and the judiciary, including the High Court of Australia. Her work has directly and indirectly influenced the development of law in Australia.

She is the Key Researcher in the Law and Policy Program of the Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre (Data to Decisions CRC). This program provides assistance to the Attorney-General’s department, Defence, and National Security organizations to meet imminent and complex legal challenges relating to access, collection and management of large sets of data, individual rights, privacy and national security. The CRC has total investment of $88 million, including $25 million grant from the Australian Federal government over the period of five years. http://www.d2dcrc.com.au/.

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Research interests

Law of Torts; Medical Jurisprudence; Comparative Law; Legal History; Interpretation of Statutes

Affiliations

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL ORGANISATIONS

Board Member: International Academy of Law and Mental Health (Montreal, Canada): http://www.ialmh.org/template.cgi

Elected Titular Member International Academy for Comparative Law/Academie Internationale de Droit Compare; (The Hague, the Netherlands) http://www.iuscomparatum.org/IACL

Executive Member & past Treasurer (Clinical Legal Issues in Pain, Special Interest Group of the International Association for the Study of Pain (Seattle, USA); http://www.iasp-pain.org

Member of the Organising and Scientific Committee for International Conferences on Opioids 10-12.June 2012; 9-11.June 2013; 7-10 June 2014 Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
http://www.opioidconference.org/Conference_Committee.html

Fellow: Center for International Legal Studies (Salzburg, Austria): http://cils.net/index.htm

In 2010 appointed an Ambassador for Club Melbourne, a body [that] facilitates the conduct of international scholarly gatherings in Victoria.

Member of Australian & New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (ANZAPPL)

Member: International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (Jerusalem, Israel)

Member of the Consultative Committee on the review of Guardianship and Administration Act 1986 (Vic) for the Victorian Law Commission (Melbourne, Australia 2009-2011)

Knowledge areas

Law of Torts; Medical Jurisprudence; Comparative law; Legal History; Statutory Interpretation

Conferences

Mendelson D, “Disciplinary proceedings against doctors who abuse controlled substances” 34th biennial World Congress of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health International Congress of Law and Mental Health Vienna, 12-17 July, 2015

Mendelson D, “The Concept of ‘Pain And Suffering’ In Law: Why are ‘Pain And Suffering’ Compensated? 34th biennial World Congress of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health International Congress of Law and Mental Health Vienna, 12-17 July, 2015

Mendelson D, “Disciplinary Proceedings for Over-prescription of Opioid Medications by Physicians in Australia (2010-2014)”, International Conferences on Opioids 7-10 June 2014 Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Mendelson D, “From Nervous Shock to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder – Patterns in Legal History’ presented at the Annual Conference of the Forensic Section of Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Darwin 17-19 July 2013

Mendelson D, 'From Nervous Shock to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Patterns in Legal History' Annual Conference of the Forensic Section of Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

Darwin. Mendelson D, 'Regulation of Oxycontin & Other Schedule 8 Medications', Australian Medical Association (Victorian Branch). 2012

Mendelson D, 'Abolition of Expert Witness Protection by the United Kingdom Supreme Court in the case of Jones v Kaney [2011] UKSC 13; 2 A.C. 398', Satellite Symposium on Contemporary Medico-legal Issues and Pain, Como, Italy

Mendelson D, Dean's Professional Lecture: 'The Victorian Law Reform Commission Final Report on Guardianship and Administration Act 1986 (Vic); Concerns for Clinical Practice: Update', Monash Medical Center, Melbourne.

Mendelson D, Plenary Lecture: 'Conscientious Objection and the Law', Bioethics Colloquium, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne. 2011

Mendelson D, 'The High Court's decision in Wicks v State Rail Authority (NSW); Sheehan v State Rail Authority (NSW) [2010] HCA 22; 241 CLR 60 in International Perspective', at XXXII International Congress on Law and Mental Health, Humboldt University, Berlin Germany.

Mendelson D & Saunders A, 'Medical Treatment of Adults Admitted neither as Involuntary Patients nor under Guardianship, but Whose Capacity to Provide Valid Consent is Impaired' XXXII International Congress on Law and Mental Health, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.

Mendelson D, 'Recent developments in the law of compensation for psychiatric injury in Australia' for the Directors and the Senior Counsel of Munich Re, Munich, Germany

Mendelson D, 'Punitive Damages in 18TH century: an expression and an instrument of politics' Society of Legal Scholars, Cambridge University, Downing College, UK.

Mendelson D, invited presentation: 'Jurisprudence and History of Punitive Damages in Australia', Law Faculty, Uppsala University, Sweden.

Mendelson D, invited presentation: 'Law Relating to Withholding and Abatement of Life-saving and Life-prolonging Treatment in Australia' Law Faculty, Uppsala University, Sweden. 2010

Mendelson D, invited lecture: 'Punitive Damages Sensu Stricto in Australia' at the 15th Ius Commune Congress (Maastricht University; Catholic University of Leuven; University of Utrecht; University of Amsterdam) in Leuven. Belgium. Invited by Prof Ken Oliphant, the Director of the Institute for European Tort Law to chair sessions and provide commentary at a major international conference, Medical Malpractice and Compensation in Global Perspective, hosted by the Institute for European Tort Law in Vienna, Austria.

Professional activities

The major collaborative project of the Data to Decision (D2D) Group of the CRC for 2015 involves an in-depth examination of legal framework that supports "desirable" and "effective" Big Data practices within and among law enforcement and national security Agencies in Australia.   

Awards

2009-2012 Victorian Health Foundation grant of $400,000 (excluding GST) to establish a Victorian Food Policy Coalition (together with Associate Professor Mark Lawrence, Dr Cate Burns, and Prof Boyd Swinburn).

2004 Pfizer prize for the best non-psychiatrist presentation at the 39th Congress of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Christchurch, New Zealand 10-13 May 2004 for an invited paper on Intersections of Law and Psychiatry: Patients’ Competency to Decide to Withdraw or Withhold Medical Treatment. (published as: Mendelson D, ‘Roman Concept of Mental Capacity to Make End-Of-Life Decisions’ (2007) 30 International Journal of Law and Psychiatry 201-212).

2003 Deakin University, Faculty of Business and Law Prize for Excellence in Research.

2001 Awarded an ARC grant for a Discovery Project “Electronic Health Records: Achieving an Effective and Ethical, Legal and Record Keeping Framework”.

1997 Australian Award (joint) for Excellence in Academic Publishing for Mendelson D, Torts (Sydney: Butterworths, 1997).

1985 Butterworths Prize for Taxation Law (undergraduate).

Projects

Mendelson D, one of legal advisers on Ferrara SD, Baccino E, Boscolo-Berto R, et al, “Padova Charter on personal injury and damage under civil-tort law” (2015) 129 Int J Legal Med 1-12 DOI 10.1007/s00414-015-1244-9  The “Padova Charter” represents findings from the international study undertaken by the International Academy of Legal Medicine to serve as benchmark set of tests for determining personal injury cases in European civil courts.

Publications

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2017

Legal protections for personal health information in the age of Big Data - a proposal for regulatory framework

D Mendelson, D Mendelson

(2017), Vol. 3, pp. 37-55, Ethics, medicine and public health, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

A linked democracy approach for regulating public health data

P Casanovas, D Mendelson, M Poblet

(2017), pp. 1-19, Health and technology, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal
2016

Mental health legislation (civil) in Australia and China: a comparative study

D Mendelson, N Lin

(2016), Vol. 23, pp. 762-779, Journal of law and medicine, Rozelle, N.S.W., C1

journal

'My [electronic] Health Record' - cui bono (for whose benefit)?

D Mendelson, G Wolf

(2016), Vol. 24, pp. 283-296, Journal of law and medicine, New York, N.Y., C1

journal
2015

Disciplinary proceedings against doctors who abuse controlled substances

D Mendelson

(2015), Vol. 23, pp. 24-40, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, N.S.W., C1

journal
2014

Legal issues: minors' decision-making capacity to refuse life-saving and life-sustaining treatment: legal and psychiatric perspectives

D Mendelson

(2014), Vol. 21, pp. 762-773, Journal of law and medicine, Rozelle, NSW, C1

journal

Legal issues: Disciplinary proceedings for inappropriate prescription of opioid medications by medical practitioners in Australia (2010-2014)

D Mendelson

(2014), Vol. 22, pp. 255-279, Journal of Law and Medicine, NSW, Australia, C1

journal

Minors' decision-making capacity to refuse life-saving and life-sustaining treatment: legal and psychiatric perspectives

D Mendelson, I Haywood

(2014), Vol. 21, pp. 762-773, Journal of law and medicine, Rozelle, N.S.W., C1-1

journal
2013

Assisted suicide through the prism of the right to life

D Mendelson, M Bagaric

(2013), Vol. 36, pp. 406-418, International journal of law and psychiatry, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Opioid regulation : time to reconsider the nomenclature and approach

D Mendelson

(2013), Vol. 21, pp. 27-39, Journal of law and medicine, Rozelle, N.S.W., C1

journal

The interface of the civil and criminal law of suicide at common law (1194-1845)

D Mendelson, I Freckelton

(2013), Vol. 36, pp. 343-349, International journal of law and psychiatry, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

La risoluzione dei conflitti familiari nell'esperienza australiana: la necessità di estendere ulteriormente la mediazione e di ridurre la funzione giudicante delle corti

D Mendelson, M Bagaric

(2013), pp. 167-178, Le ragioni degli altri : mediazione e famiglia tra conflitto e dialogo : una prospettiva comparatistica ed interdisciplinare, Turin, Italy, B1

chapter
2012

Decriminalisation of abortion performed by qualified health practitioners under the Abortion Law Reform Act 2008 (Vic)

D Mendelson

(2012), Vol. 19, pp. 651-666, Journal of law and medicine, Rozelle, N.S.W., C1

journal

Punitive damages sensu stricto in Australia

D Mendelson

(2012), pp. 147-163, The power of punitive damages ? is Europe missing out?, Cambridge, England, B1

chapter

From expert witness to defendant : abolition of expert witness protection and its implications

D Mendelson

(2012), Vol. 20, pp. 250-260, Journal of law and medicine, Rozelle, N.S.W., C1

journal

The Duchess of Kingston's case, the ruling of Lord Mansfield and duty of medical confidentiality in court

D Mendelson

(2012), Vol. 35, pp. 480-489, International journal of law and psychiatry, Kidlington, England, C1

journal

Catastrophic loss and the law : a comparison between 2009 Victorian Black Saturday fires and 2011 Queensland floods and Cyclone Yasi

D Mendelson, R Carter

(2012), Vol. 31, pp. 32-53, University of Tasmania law review, Hobart, Tas., C1

journal
2011

Operation of guardianship laws in the emergency ward

D Mendelson, A Saunders

(2011), Vol. 19, pp. 13-31, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, NSW, C1

journal

Software developer policies : economics and s 46 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010

M D?Rosario, A Torre, D Mendelson, L Griggs

(2011), Vol. 21, pp. 1-25, Journal of law, information and science, Hobart, Tas., C1

journal
2010

Healthcare identifiers legislation : a whiff of Fourberie

D Mendelson

(2010), Vol. 17, pp. 660-676, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, N.S.W., C1

journal

Confidentiality, privacy and access to health records

D Mendelson, A Rees

(2010), pp. 301-340, Health law in Australia, Pyrmont, N.S.W., B1

chapter

Economic impact of Wicks v State Rail Authority (NSW) (2010) 84 ALJR 497

D Mendelson, A Torre, M D'Rosario

(2010), Vol. 18, pp. 221-238, Journal of law and medicine, Rozelle, N.S.W, C1

journal
2009

Prevention of suicide : police powers, parliamentary intent and judicial interpretation

D Mendelson

(2009), Vol. 16, pp. 728-744, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, N.S.W., C1

journal

Torts

D Mendelson

(2009), pp. 817-841, Appealing to the future : Michael Kirby and his legacy, Pyrmont, N.S.W., B1

chapter

Defendants' liability for pure mental harm to third parties in Australia : still a work in progress

D Mendelson

(2009), Vol. 17, pp. 165-177, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, N.S.W., C1

journal
2008

Family carers : ethical and legal issues

M Ashby, D Mendelson

(2008), pp. 93-111, Family carers in palliative care : a guide for health and social care professionals, Oxford, England, B1-1

chapter

Damages for pain and suffering in tort law

D Mendelson

(2008), Vol. 15, pp. 669-680, The journal of law and medicine, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

journal

Clinical, ethical and legal considerations in the treatment of newborns with non-ketotic hyperglycinaemia

A Boneh, S Allan, D Mendelson, M Spriggs, L Gillam, S Korman

(2008), Vol. 94, pp. 143-147, Molecular genetics and metabolism, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal
2007

The new law of Torts

D Mendelson

(2007), South Melbourne, Vic., A1

book

Substituted consent : from lunatics to corpses

D Mendelson

(2007), Vol. 14, pp. 449-462, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, NSW, C1

journal

Roman concept of mental capacity to make end-of-life decisions

D Mendelson

(2007), Vol. 30, pp. 201-212, International journal of law and psychiatry, New York, N.Y., C1

journal
2006

Arbitrating 'end-of-life' decisions: issues, processes, and the role of the law

D Mendelson, M Ashby

(2006), pp. 363-378, Disputes and dilemmas in health law, Annandale, NSW, B1

chapter

Assessment of competency : a primer

D Mendelson

(2006), Vol. 14, pp. 156-166, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, NSW, C1

journal

Privacy issues, health connect and beyond

L Iacovina, D Mendelson, M Paterson

(2006), pp. 604-621, Disputes and dilemmas in health law, Annandale, N.S.W., B1

chapter
2005

Jurisprudential legerdemain : damages for gratuitous services and attendant care

D Mendelson

(2005), Vol. 12, pp. 402-412, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, NSW, C1

journal

The modern Australian law of mental harm: parochialism triumphant

D Mendelson

(2005), Vol. 13, pp. 164-172, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, NSW, C1

journal
2004

Australian tort law reform: statutory principles of causation and the common law

D Mendelson

(2004), Vol. 11, pp. 492-509, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, NSW, C1

journal

Electronic medical records: perils of outsourcing and the Privacy Act 1988 (CTH)

D Mendelson

(2004), Vol. 12, pp. 8-13, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, NSW, C1

journal

HealthConnect and the duty of care: a dilemma for medical practitioners

D Mendelson

(2004), Vol. 12, pp. 69-79, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, NSW, C1

journal

The medical provision of hydration and nutrition: Two very different outcomes in Victoria and Florida

D Mendelson, M Ashby

(2004), Vol. 11, pp. 282-291, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, NSW, C1

journal

Gardner; re BWW: Victorian Supreme Court makes landmark Australian ruling on tube feeding

M Ashby, D Mendelson

(2004), Vol. 181, pp. 442-445, Medical journal of Australia, Sydney, NSW, C1

journal

Malingering pain in the medicolegal context

G Mendelson, D Mendelson

(2004), Vol. 20, pp. 423-432, Clinical journal of pain, New York, N.Y., C1

journal
2003

Travels of a medical record and the myth of privacy

D Mendelson

(2003), Vol. 11, pp. 136-145, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, N.S.W., C1

journal

A comparative study of the law of palliative care and end- of- life treatment

D Mendelson, T Jost

(2003), Vol. 31, pp. 130-143, Journal of law, medicine and ethics, Boston, Mass., C1

journal

Medicolegal aspects of chronic pain

G Mendelson, D Mendelson, N Hadler

(2003), pp. 173-188, Clinical pain management chronic pain, London, England, B1

chapter

Natural death in 2003: are we slipping backwards?

M Ashby, D Mendelson

(2003), Vol. 10, pp. 260-264, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, NSW, C1

journal

Devaluation of a constitutional guarantee : the history of section 51(xxiiiA) of the Commonwealth Constitution

D Mendelson

(2003), Vol. 23, pp. 308-344, Melbourne University law review, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

journal
2002

Aspects of causation in hippocratic medicine and Roman law of delict

D Mendelson

(2002), pp. 58-82, Causation in law and medicine, Aldershot, England, B1

chapter

Judicial responses to the protected confidential communications legislation in Australia

D Mendelson

(2002), Vol. 10, pp. 49-60, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, NSW, C1

journal

English medical experts and the claims for shock occasioned by railway collisions in the 1860`s. Issues of law, ethics, and medicine

D Mendelson

(2002), Vol. 25, pp. 303-329, International journal of law and psychiatry, New York, N.Y., C1

journal

Legal liability for pain management involving opioid medication: an American perspective

D Mendelson

(2002), Vol. 10, pp. 145-154, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, NSW, C1

journal

Legal aspects of end of life treatment in Australia, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Poland, France, Germany, Japan, and The Netherlands

D Mendelson, T Jost, M Ashby

(2002), pp. 803-822, Proceedings of the 10th World Congress on Pain, San Diego, Calif., E1

conference

Introduction

I Freckleton, D Mendelson

(2002), pp. 1-, Causation in law and medicine, Aldershot, England, B1

chapter

Issues of medical and legal causation relating to Alzheimer`s disease

R Helme, D Mendelson

(2002), pp. 270-286, Causation in law and medicine, Aldershot, England, B1

chapter
2001

Liability for negligent failure to disclose medical risks

D Mendelson

(2001), Vol. 8, pp. 358-367, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, NSW, C1

journal

Jones -v- Bartlett: landlords` liability to tenants and members of their household in negligence

D Mendelson

(2001), Vol. 6, pp. 174-183, Deakin law review, Burwood, Vic., C1

journal

Quo iure? Defendants' liability to rescuers in the tort of negligence

D Mendelson

(2001), Vol. 9, pp. 130-163, Tort law review, North Ryde, NSW, C1

journal

Aspects of legal liability in pain management involving opioid medications

D Mendelson

(2001), Vol. 9, pp. 145-152, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, NSW, C1

journal
1999

Back to the future : White v Chief Constable of South Yorkshire and liability for pure psychiatric injury to rescuers

D Mendelson

(1999), Vol. 6, pp. 319-322, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, NSW, C1-1

journal

Palliative care, assisted suicide or euthanasia? Toward a common discourse in the terminology of treatments at the end of life

D Mendelson

(1999), Vol. 7, pp. 230-234, Progress in palliative care, Leeds, England, C1-1

journal
1998

The medical duty of confidentiality in the Hippocratic tradition and Jewish medical ethics

D Mendelson

(1998), Vol. 5, pp. 227-238, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, NSW, C1-1

journal
1996

Historical evolution and modern implications of concepts of consent to, and refusal of, medical treatment in the law of trespass

D Mendelson

(1996), Vol. 17, pp. 1-71, Journal of legal medicine, Chicago, Ill., C1-1

journal

An overview of liability and compensation for personal injury in China under the general principles of civil law

K Wang, D Mendelson

(1996), Vol. 4, pp. 1-36, Torts law journal, Sydney, N.S.W., C1-1

journal
1993

Mr Cruel and the medical duty of confidentiality

D Mendelson

(1993), Vol. 1, pp. 120-129, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, NSW, C1-1

journal
1991

Tarasoff down under : the psychiatrist's duty to warn in Australia

D Mendelson, G Mendelson

(1991), pp. 33-61, Journal of psychiatry & law, New York, N. Y., C1-1

journal

Grants

Other Public Sector Funding

The Food Alliance (formerly the Food Policy Coalition)

Prof Mark Lawrence, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Prof Danuta Mendelson, Mrs Kathy McConell

  • 2014: $50,000
  • 2013: $170,000
  • 2012: $160,000
  • 2011: $130,000
  • 2010: $130,000
  • 2009: $130,000

Other Funding Sources

Big Data Technology and National Security: Comparative International Perspectives on Strategy, Policy and Law in Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, New Zealand and Canada

Prof Louis De Koker, Prof Danuta Mendelson, Prof Janet Chan, A/Prof Lyria Bennet Moses, Dr Alana Maraushat

  • 2016: $78,383
  • 2015: $73,121

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2017

Rachel Anne Carter

Thesis entitled: National Catastrophe Insurance Scheme: Legal and Institutional Aspects

Doctor of Philosophy, Law

2012

Ian Charles Wheatley

Thesis entitled: Professional Autonomy of Victorian Surgeons in the Context of Law and Ethics

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Law

Executive Supervisor
2017

Theodosios Alexander

Thesis entitled: A Rational Approach to Sentencing White-Collar Offenders

Doctor of Philosophy, Law

Associate Supervisor
2016

Rami Hanegbi

Thesis entitled: Retirement Policy in an Ageing Society

Doctor of Philosophy, Law

2015

Sharon Erbacher

Thesis entitled: Negligence and the Wrongdoing Plaintiff: A Corrective Justice Analysis

Doctor of Philosophy, Law

2014

Neera Bhatia

Thesis entitled: Medico-Legal Decision Making for Incapacitated Neonates

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Law

2008

Keith Raymond Akers

Thesis entitled: An Analysis of Australian Law Regarding Animal usage in Bio-medical Research

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Law