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The Right to Life and Conflicting Interests

Elizabeth Wicks


The right to life is a core human right which has not yet received the detailed legal analysis that it requires. This book provides detailed, critical analysis of the controversial human right to life and, in particular, assesses the weight of conflicting interests which could and/or should serve to override the right. This contemporary study of the right to life focuses on the legal, as well as ethical, issues raised by the value of life in modern day society. It seeks to analyse the development, meaning and value of the fundamental human right to life in the context of its conflicts with oth ... More

Keywords: right to life, death penalty, lethal force, suicide, quality of life, allocation of resources

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199547395
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547395.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Wicks, author
Senior Lecturer, Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham