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Euthanasia And Law In The Netherlands
     

Euthanasia And Law In The Netherlands

by John Griffiths, Heleen Weyers, Alex Blood
 

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

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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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Journal of the American Medical Association
Euthanasia and Law in the Netherlands is a superb book, well organized and annotated. The senior author John Griffiths is professor of Sociology and Law at the University of Groningen, American-born, who emigrated to the Netherlands. He and his two coauthors, both doctoral candidates in his department, have produced this admirable study in faultless, eminently readable English.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789053562758
Publisher:
Amsterdam University Press
Publication date:
12/17/2007
Pages:
404
Product dimensions:
0.83(w) x 9.61(h) x 6.69(d)

Meet the Author


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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