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‘Treatment in Liberty’ Human Rights and Compulsory Detention for Drug Use / Rick Lines, Julie Hannah, Giada Girelli

Human Rights Law Review

Swansea University Author: Rick Lines

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DOI (Published version): 10.1093/hrlr/ngab022

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This is the first detailed international legal analysis of compulsory detention for ‘drug treatment’, an issue that sits at the intersection of human rights, drug policy and medical ethics. The article examines arbitrary detention and involuntary committal on health grounds using international human...

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Published in: Human Rights Law Review
ISSN: 1461-7781 1744-1021
Published: UK Oxford University Press (OUP) 2021
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa56648
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Abstract: This is the first detailed international legal analysis of compulsory detention for ‘drug treatment’, an issue that sits at the intersection of human rights, drug policy and medical ethics. The article examines arbitrary detention and involuntary committal on health grounds using international human rights law and international drug control law, and questions whether drug use/drug dependency constitute a reasonable limitation of the right to liberty. The authors conclude this type of detention represents a violation of international law.
Keywords: drugs, drug policy, detention, drug treatment, human rights, arbitrary detention, compulsory treatment
College: Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law