The newly published issue of the Buffalo Law Review, the well-respected legal journal of UB School of Law, features several major articles addressing hot-button issues in the law and the larger society.
This is Volume 63, No. 4, of the Law Review, which is one of six student-run law journals produced at the School of Law. The Buffalo Law Review has been published since 1951.
Highlighting the journal is a piece by two professors from the University of California Hastings College of Law – Dorit Rubinstein Reiss and Lois A. Weithorn – about potential legal remedies for the outbreaks of disease that have resulted from the anti-vaccination movement.
Their article, “Responding to the Childhood Vaccination Crisis: Legal Frameworks and Tools in the Context of Parental Vaccine Refusal,” looks at the growing “anti-vax” movement of parents who believe – against all scientific evidence – that vaccinations are harmful to their children and refuse to allow them.
The authors then look to existing law and ask how to ensure public health in the face of this parental resistance. Specifically, Reiss and Weithorn examine how the government’s police power can be used in the context of protecting public health, and how its parens patriae authority – the government’s responsibility to protect citizens who are unable to protect themselves – might provide for the health of children and other vulnerable members of society. The use of these legal tools, the article asserts, could increase vaccination levels in the United States and help free society from the burden of preventable diseases.
Other major articles in the current issue: