All books in this flagship series contain carefully selected substantial extracts from key cases, legislation, and academic debate, providing students with a stand-alone resource. This chapter examines assisted dying. It looks at the current law, with particular emphasis upon the pressures currently being exerted on the status quo through British patients travelling to Dignitas in Switzerland for assisted suicides. The implications of the Nicklinson and Conway decisions are considered. The chapter sets out arguments for and against the legalization of voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide; and examines other countries’ experience with decriminalization.
This chapter examines assisted dying. It looks at the current law, and arguments for and against its reform. It covers attempts to change the law in parliament and through human rights challenges in the courts. There is also brief coverage of other jurisdictions’ experience with legalization.