Marc Trabsky and Courtney Hempton discuss the need for a more transparent approach to counting coronavirus deaths

The topic of law and death is familiar territory for Senior Lecturer Marc Trabsky who is also Director of Centre for Health, Law and Society at La Trobe Law School. Marc’s expertise are in the theoretical, historical and institutional arrangements of law and death. His book, Law and the Dead: Technology, Relations and Institutions (Routledge, 2019), was awarded the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand Book Prize for 2019.

Marc, along with Associate Research Fellow Courtney Hempton, from Deakin University have sparked the interests of many in a recent article published yesterday in The Conversation.

The article discusses the discrepancies in the statistics and reporting of COVID-19 deaths, as it has often been difficult to determine whether someone has died from COVID-19 or died with the virus, the difference being crucial for understanding the impact of the virus, for community protection, now and in the future.

Their concerns include government lumping statistics together making it hard to know the real impact of the virus, including the lack of transparency about discrepancies between how Victoria and the Commonwealth count deaths from COVID-19. It appears as though the potential to improve the current system may require a more complex investigation.

To read the full in-depth article head to the La Trobe University website or, links below:

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