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Assisted Dying and Legal Change

Penney Lewis


The question whether assisted dying (euthanasia and assisted suicide) should be legalized is often treated, by judges and commentators alike, as a question which transcends national boundaries and diverse legal systems. One obvious example is the use made of the ‘Dutch experience’ in other jurisdictions. By treating the issue as a transcendent, global ethical question, the important context in which individual jurisdictions make decisions about assisted dying and the significance of the legal methods chosen to carry out those decisions is often lost. This book concentrates not on the issue of ... More

Keywords: euthanasia, assisted suicide, legalization, rights, defence of necessity, legislative change, comparative law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199212873
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212873.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Penney Lewis, author
Reader in Law, Centre of Medical Law and Ethics, King's College London