September 16, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
A Belgian man serving a life sentence was granted the right to be euthanized on Monday. Frank Van Den Bleeken, who has spent the last 30 years in prison on convictions of rape and murder, has continuously requested that he be allowed to end his life. Bleeken argued that he could never be set free ...[read more]
November 25, 2013
by Elizabeth Hand
JURIST Guest Columnist Jason Huang, University of Windsor Faculty of Law Class of 2016, discusses recent British Columbia Court of Appeals decision, Carter v. Canada, upholding the ban on assisted suicide...In the recent British Columbia Court of Appeal (BCCA) case Carter v. Canada (Attorney ...[read more]
November 1, 2013
by Elizabeth Imbarlina
JURIST Guest Columnist Laura Crestohl, McGill University Faculty of Law Class of 2014, explains Carter v. Canada and its impact of physician-assisted suicide...The case Carter v. Canada is bringing the issue of physician-assisted suicide back to the Canadian courts. In 2011, Lee Carter, Hollis ...[read more]
October 10, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen
The Court of Appeal for British Columbia on Thursday upheld Canada's law against doctor-assisted suicide. Justice Lynn Smith for the Supreme Court of British Columbia had ruled last year that the provisions of Canada's Criminal Code unjustly violate the rights to life, liberty and equality. She ...[read more]
May 21, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed legislation Monday that legalizes physician-assisted suicide in the state. This bill makes Vermont the fourth state in the US to approve the practice. The Patient Choice and Control at End of Life Act (aka "Death with Dignity" bill), was passed by the ...[read more]
May 15, 2013
by Theresa Donovan
The Vermont House of Representatives on Monday approved a bill that would allow a consulting physician to prescribe a lethal dose of medication to a terminally ill individual who meets certain criteria. For the first three years after its passage, the legislation will model Oregon's Death with ...[read more]
May 14, 2013
by Julie Deisher
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Tuesday that Swiss law does not provide sufficient guidelines on the extent of the right to die, in violation of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Article 8 protects an individual's right to respect for private life, which was ...[read more]
April 29, 2013
by Peter Snyder
The Supreme Court of Ireland on Monday rejected an appeal by a paralyzed woman seeking to allow her partner to help her commit suicide. The appellant, Marie Fleming, suffers from end stage multiple sclerosis, a disease of the nervous system, and as a result is paralyzed. Fleming challenged the ...[read more]
January 17, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On January 17, 2006, the US Supreme Court upheld an Oregon law that permitted assisted suicide in certain cases. The Court determined that the Controlled Substances Act does not prevent the distribution of certain lethal drugs used in the implementation of the Oregon Death with Dignity Act. This ...[read more]
December 20, 2012
by Cynthia Miley
A report released Tuesday by the French government has recommended that the country permit doctors to "accelerate death" for terminally ill patients seeking doctor-assisted euthanasia. The report will be sent to the National Order of Physicians, France's national council on medical ethics, which ...[read more]

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