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Death with dignity : legal and ethical aspects of euthanasia

Biggs, Hazel (1997) Death with dignity : legal and ethical aspects of euthanasia. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent. (doi:10.22024/UniKent/01.02.94211) (KAR id:94211)

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There is an active debate as to whether euthanasia is socially acceptable as a mechanism for achieving dignity in dying for many terminally ill and incurable people. The debate reveals a tension between the criminal law and social and medical ethics, and questions whether the criminal law of homicide is an appropriate mechanism to adjudicate the humanitarian issues raised by euthanasia. Euthanasia may provide death with dignity in some circumstances but not at the same time as the law requires the undignified criminalisation of the practitioner. Legal reform permitting some forms of euthanasia may offer a solution.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Thesis advisor: Uglow, Steve
DOI/Identification number: 10.22024/UniKent/01.02.94211
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Uncontrolled keywords: Clinically assisted death
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
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Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2022 15:05 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2023 08:59 UTC
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