First published 16 December 2020

Guest speaker, David M Studdert explored the gun violence phenomenon in America at the recent Australian Centre for Health Law Research 8th Annual Public Oration.

When it comes to gun violence, the United States is in a league of its own with approximately 40,000 Americans dying from gunshot wounds and 75,000 more being injured each year. These statistics raise a number of questions surrounding this gun violence ‘epidemic’ and whether it is best understood as a political, cultural, or epidemiological phenomenon.

These questions, and many more, were discussed at the recent Australian Centre for Health Law Research 8th Annual Public Oration, with guest speaker David M Studdert. David is a Professor of Law and Medicine at Stanford University, where he teaches Torts and Health Law. He explores how the legal system influences the health and well-being of population. David has authored more than 250 articles and book chapters, and his work appears frequently in leading international medical, law, and health policy publications.

From an ‘outsider’s’ perspective, David’s presentation investigated whether the root causes of gun violence are amenable to public health or legal interventions and whether COVID-19 affected the rates of violence.

Watch the full presentation here.