Euthanasia and Law in the Netherlands

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Amsterdam University Press, 1998 - Law - 382 pages
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The Netherlands is the only country in the world in which euthanasia, under narrow-defined circumstances, is legally permissible. Considerable attention has been paid over a number of years to the problem of regulating it and information has been systematically collected concerning actual practice. Therefore the Dutch experience is of interest not only to the Dutch, but to anyone who is considering wether or not to make euthanasia a legal practice. This book is written for a reader without specific knowledge of law. The central focus of the book is on Dutch law pertaining to euthanansia, but it also considers the moral and legal principles that have played a role in the Dutch debate, the available evidence bearing on actual practice and on the effectiveness of legal control. It ends with some reflections on the problem of the 'slippery slope' and the question whether the Dutch experience is 'exportable'. It includes translations of the relevant legislation (including proposed reforms) and of three leading cases.
 

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Contents

THE NETHERLANDS AND THE DUTCH
9
INTRODUCTION
15
THE DUTCH HEALTHCARE SYSTEM AND THE CARE OF
31
LEGAL CHANGE 19451997
43
acquitted
66
THE CURRENT LEGAL SITUATION
89
4
135
THE TERMS OF DEBATE SINCE 1982
157
3
284
4
298
TWO REFLECTIONS ON THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE DUTCH
299
SOME RELEVANT LEGAL DOCUMENTS
307
Some legislative proposals 3 14
314
THREE LEADING CASES
321
Kadijk Court of Appeals Leeuwarden 1996
341
LITERATURE
353

WHAT IS KNOWN ABOUT MEDICAL PRACTICE AND ITS REGULATION?
197
5
215
EUTHANASIA AND OTHER MEDICAL BEHAVIOR THAT SHORTENS
259

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About the author (1998)

John Griffiths is Professor of Sociology of Law at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.    Alex Bood and Heleen Weyers are working under his supervision on dissertations that deal, respectively, with philosophical and historical aspects of the regulation of euthanasia.

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