Social Media: The Unnamed Plaintiff

Richards, B.J. Bioethical Inquiry (2018) 15: 309. DOI: 10.1007/s11673-018-9872-7

U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper No. 2019-76

Posted: 3 Jul 2019

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Bernadette Richards

University of Adelaide - School of Law

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

A recent development of a different kind than usually covered here is the emergent voice of social media and social activism and the role it plays in the judicial process where there is conflict over the treatment of a child. The legal position is that, at all times, the best interests of the child must be the focus of all debate but attention is increasingly being diverted to the management of large scale social media campaigns and the clamor of voices (including those of the President of the United States, the Pope, and the Italian Ambassador to the United Kingdom). The result being that the realities of the condition of the vulnerable child at the heart of the debate pales in the face of emotional rhetoric.

Keywords: Best interests, Judicial process, Decision-making, Social media

JEL Classification: K10

Suggested Citation

Richards, Bernadette, Social Media: The Unnamed Plaintiff (2018). Richards, B.J. Bioethical Inquiry (2018) 15: 309. DOI: 10.1007/s11673-018-9872-7; U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper No. 2019-76. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3414096

Bernadette Richards (Contact Author)

University of Adelaide - School of Law ( email )

Adelaide, South Australia 5005
Australia

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