Κατεύθυνση Ουσιαστικό και Δικονομικό ΔίκαιοLibrary of the School of Law
Νίκος Λίβος, Επίκουρος Καθηγητής, Τμήμα Νομικής Σχολής Αθηνών ΕΚΠΑ
"Ο ιατρικώς υποβοηθούμενος θάνατος"
"Τhe medically assisted death"
Death of the natural person has always been an essential fact and scope not only for medical science and philosophy but also for law. Human life, as the highest individual legal good, enjoys protection from all legal orders and the respect of its value has always been preoccupation of every state. But is human life always protected or can it be considered as a value linked to other factors such as the dignity of the legal entity? Beyond the right to human life, is there a right of the person to death and, if not, what are the limits of the fundamental right to human dignity? Based on all the above considerations, the forms of euthanasia as well as the obstacles of such practices for both the medical and the legal world are developed in this dissertation. In view of these insurmountable obstacles, appears a new practice, the so-called "Medical Assisted Suicide", in which the physician, knowing the purpose, provides the means of suicide to the spiritually competent patient who voluntarily expressed his desire for death. The patient himself uses the above means to put an end to his life. In contrast to euthanasia, in assisted suicide the dominance over the act lies only in the patient. The relevant regulations of the states that have adopted the practice of assisted death and the move towards their legitimisation are presented at comparative law level. In closing, the argumentation on the moral justification of the above practice is being developed and a legislative proposal is formulated for its institutionalization in Greece, with the wish of a less hesitant view of these issues from now on.
Main subject category:
Law and Legislation
Right to death, Euthanasia, Assisted suicide
Ο ιατρικώς υποβοηθούμενος θάνατος.pdf
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