Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE LAW5081

 
TITLE National and international Legal Provisions Impacting Addictive Behaviour

 
LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 5

 
DEPARTMENT Faculty of Laws

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit will critically examine the national and international legal provisions regulating or prohibiting many forms of behaviour that are potentially risky. The focus will be on alcohol, controlled substances, illicit substances and gambling. Students will be introduced to the concepts of depenalisation, decriminalisation, legalisation and scheduling. The unit will also critically examine the historical development of the regulation of such behaviours. it will also discuss the working of a number of international and national bodies enacting and influencing legislation. The study unit will also examine the processes of transferring evidence based policy to law and the national and international bodies through which that process occurs.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit aims to examine the international and local legal framework. It will explain The Medical and Kindred Professions Ordinance (Cap.31) and the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance (Cap.101) as the two main bodies of legislation that regulate substance abuse in Malta. It will also examine recent developments in Policy and National Drug Laws especially the Drug Dependence (Treatment not Imprisonment) Act, 2014. Th unit also aims to explore Malta's international legal obligations. The unit aims to give students a clear idea of how a number of bodies are involved in developing and enacting legislation. the European dimension will be given prominence.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- describe and critically engage with the implications of the main legal frameworks regulating addictive behaviour in Malta;
- describe and critically engage with the implications of the main legal frameworks regulating addictive behaviour in Europe and the wider international framework;
- summarise the main implications of the above for policy, practice and prevention of addictive behaviour.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- evaluate the impact of legislation and regulation on addictive behaviour in the population;
- evaluate the impact on policy, prevention and practice;
- analyse legal documents.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Indicated reading

- Medical and Kindred Professions Ordinance (Cap. 31) http://www.justiceservices.gov.mt/DownloadDocument.aspx?app=lom&itemid=8591&l=1
- Dangerous Drugs Ordinance (Cap. 101)http://www.justiceservices.gov.mt/DownloadDocument.aspx?app=lom&itemid=8641&l=1
- Drug Dependence (Treatment not Imprisonment) Act (Cap.537) http://www.justiceservices.gov.mt/DownloadDocument.aspx?app=lom&itemid=12289&l=1
- ACT No. V of 2018 AN ACT to amend the Drug Dependence (Treatment not Imprisonment) Act, Cap. 537. - ACT No. V of 2018 AN ACT to amend the Drug Dependence (Treatment not Imprisonment) Act, Cap. 537
- EMCDDA Malta Country Drug Report 2018 http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/countries/drug-reports/2018/malta_en
- The texts of the three main international drug control conventions: the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961 as amended by the 1972 Protocol, the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971 and the United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988 are available as an e-book for download.
http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/commissions/CND/conventions.html
- United Nations (2018) World Drug Report https://www.unodc.org/wdr2018/index.html

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
LECTURER/S

 
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