Yana Litins'ka

Postdoctoral Fellow, LL.D. in Medical Law, Master of Laws, LL.B. of Laws

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Law

Keywords

  • Medical Law, Health Law, Human Rights Law, Disability studies, Discrimination, Elder Law, Mental health, Public Law, compulsory treatment, Comparative Law, Migration and Health, Administrative Law, Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities

Research

I am a juris doctor in medical law and a postdoctoral fellow in migration law at the Faculty of Law, Lund University. My current research project concerns the rights of migrants, specifically asylum seekers, to access the healthcare services under the Swedish, EU, and international human rights law.

I have studied in depth the validity of a consent to – or a refusal of – a medical treatment, as well as the rights of persons with disabilities to decide on their healthcare. I have also researched the permissibility of compulsion in healthcare, for instance, within the mental health care, treatment and diagnostics of infectious diseases and general somatic care. I have also analysed the positive and negative obligations arising from the right to life, liberty, privacy, legal capacity on an equal basis with others, freedom from torture, inhumane and degrading treatment, discrimination, and the right to health in the United Nations and the Council of Europe international treaties. In addition, I have been investigating the issue of administrative supervision over quality and accessibility of the healthcare services.

My research interests span over various areas of public law defined broadly, e.g. health law, elder law, and disability law. My research deals with human rights on the international level, and their expression through the national law. I believe that administrative law is indispensable for the realisation of the constitutional and human rights law, and vice versa. Furthermore, I take special interest in comparative law and believe that an in-depth comparison allows not only for a deeper analysis, but also for experiential learning preventing future mistakes. I am interested in using interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches to analyse the problem at hand, and understanding how law translates and uses knowledge from natural sciences.

Teaching

I have taught in all areas of public law defined broadly. These include international human rights law, constitutional, general and special administrative law (such as police law, migration law, social law, and medical law). I have been engaged in teaching legal students at the undergraduate and advanced levels, as well as various groups of non-lawyers, including future social workers, medical doctors, nurses, speech therapists, and physiotherapists.

 

Outreach

 

I collaborate with national authorities and NGOs. I have on several occasions presented my research to the wider public, for instance, at Human Rights Days. I have commented upon legal matters in newspapers. In 2020 I started collaborating with the Raoul Wallenberg Institute to support the development of capacity of researchers from Belarus. In 2020 I became a national supervisor for ELSA Nordic Legal Research Group in Health Law.

Recent research outputs

Yana Litins'ka, 2020 Jun, Vänbok till Sverker Scheutz: om rätt – och att undervisa rätt. Eklund, H., Lerwall, L. & Lind, A-S. (eds.). Iustus förlag, p. 465–485 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

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