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Professor David McQuoid-Mason with the books

A-rated National Research Foundation researcher Professor David McQuoid-Mason of UKZN’s Centre for Socio-Legal Studies has in two years co-authored two books dealing with distinctly different topics in which he is acknowledged as an expert both in South Africa and internationally.

In 2019, he edited and co-authored: Street Law and Public Legal Education: A collection of best practices from around the world in honour of Ed O’Brien, published by Juta & Co. (Pty) Ltd.

O’Brien was an honorary LLD graduate of UKZN and one of the founders of the United States Street Law programme. The first international Street Law programme outside of the United States was established at the former University of Natal in Durban by McQuoid-Mason when he was Dean of Law there in 1986.

The book covers a history of the Street Law movement with McQuoid-Mason describing the South African programme and thereafter dealing with three parts he wrote on Street Law teaching methods, iconic United States Street Law lessons and how some were adapted for South Africa and developing countries, and mock trials.

Part five of the book contains examples of model lessons from around the world written by Street Law and public legal education trainers in Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Czech Republic, Ghana, Greece, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Myanmar, Nigeria, Senegal, Slovenia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

This year, McQuoid-Mason co-authored the second work with Professor Ames Dhai, visiting Professor of Bioethics and Health Law at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits).  It is an expanded second edition of their seminal work titled: Bioethics, Human Rights and Health Law: Principles and Practice, published by Juta & Co. (Pty) Ltd.

The authors contributed to the work equally and the book is a joint venture between the School of Clinical Medicine at the Faculty of Health Sciences at Wits and the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at UKZN. The book is aimed at healthcare, legal, social science and related professionals, and students at all levels, seeking to provide them with the theory and practical application necessary to understand and apply bioethics, human rights and health law to their present and future work.

The topics cover the core curriculum for all students, and the requirements for continuing professional development in health sciences in the country.  The topics include the practitioner-patient relationship, consent, confidentiality, justice and resource allocation as well as numerous references to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Said McQuoid-Mason: ‘I thoroughly enjoyed working on the Street Law book with my many colleagues and friends around the world to honour my lifelong friend and colleague Ed O’Brien. I also enjoyed collaborating with Professor Dhai, who was one of my original Law and Medical Practice LLM students, and who at the time was practising as a gynaecologist and obstetrician in Durban. She then went on to establish the Steve Biko Centre for Ethics and Law at Wits and the South African Journal of Bioethics and Law, and is widely recognised in Africa and internationally for her work on bioethics.

Words: NdabaOnline

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