Criminal responsibility for the non-disclosure of HIV-positive status before sexual activity

Show simple item record Manning, Joanna en 2014-05-28T03:11:20Z en 2013 en
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Law and Medicine, 2013, 20 pp. 493 - 502 en
dc.identifier.issn 1320-159X en
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dc.description.abstract In 2012 the New Zealand Court of Appeal, in a radical change in direction, held that the non-disclosure of HIV-positive status prior to unprotected sexual relations could amount to fraud vitiating consent, so that the offence of sexual violation is committed. The Court applied R v Cuerrier, a controversial Canadian decision, which held that for the offence to be established the Crown has to establish that the dishonesty had the effect of exposing the person consenting to “a significant risk of serious bodily harm”. In 2012 in R v Mabior the Supreme Court of Canada reviewed the correctness of its own decision in Cuerrier. The Court considered first whether, in holding that non-disclosure of HIV can make sexual intercourse non-consensual and lead to conviction for the serious offence of aggravated sexual assault, Cuerrier overextends the criminal law. Secondly the Court considered issues left open in Cuerrier: whether condom use and/or a low viral load in the partner with HIV prevents failure to disclose HIV status before intercourse from posing “a significant risk of serious harm”. This article analyses these two recent high-level decisions. en
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dc.publisher Thomson Reuters en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Law and Medicine en
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dc.title Criminal responsibility for the non-disclosure of HIV-positive status before sexual activity en
dc.type Journal Article en
pubs.issue 3 en
pubs.begin-page 493 en
pubs.volume 20 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: Thomson Reuters en en
pubs.end-page 502 en
pubs.publication-status Published en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 374357 en Law en Faculty Administration Law en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2013-03-15 en

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