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Danuta Mendelson, BA(Hon), MA, PhD, LLB(Hon), LLM, received all her academic qualifications from Monash University. Professor Mendelson holds the Research Chair in Law at the School of Law, Deakin University. She has authored several books including The New Law of Torts, 2nd ed Oxford University Press, 2010; Interfaces of Medicine and Law: The History of the Liability for Negligently Caused Psychiatric Injury (Nervous Shock), Ashgate/Dartmouth 1998; and Metaphor in IE Babel’s Short Stories, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Ardis) 1982. In some 80 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters she has analysed such subjects as medical duty of confidentiality; causation; abatement of medical treatment; palliative care and euthanasia; consent to medical treatment; malingering and the function of expert medical witnesses; electronic health records; damages; and torts law reforms.
Professor Mendelson is the Joint Editor of Legal Issues for the Journal of Law & Medicine; and a member of the Editorial Board of several law and medical journals. She is Member of the Board of Directors of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health (Montreal, Canada); Fellow of the International Academy of Comparative Law (Hague, The Netherlands); Fellow of the Center for International Legal Studies (Salzburg, Austria). She is past Treasurer of the Clinical Legal Issues in Pain Special Interest Group of the International Association for the Study of Pain (Seattle, Washington DC, US), and has served as member of Consultative Committee on the review of the Guardianship and Administration Act 1986 (Vic) for the Victorian Law Commission (2010-2012). Professor Mendelson has served as member of the Deakin University Human Research Ethics Committee, and has Chaired the HRE Committee at the Business and Law Faculty level.