Intention and Causation in Medical Non-Killing: The impact of criminal law concepts on euthanasia and assisted suicide

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dc.contributor.author Williams, Glenys
dc.date.accessioned 2008-11-04T16:16:31Z
dc.date.available 2008-11-04T16:16:31Z
dc.date.issued 2006-12-21
dc.identifier.citation Williams , G 2006 , Intention and Causation in Medical Non-Killing: The impact of criminal law concepts on euthanasia and assisted suicide . Routledge Cavendish Publishing . en
dc.identifier.isbn 1-84472-027-6
dc.identifier.other PURE: 78497
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/718
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/718
dc.description null RAE2008 en
dc.description.abstract This book criticises the way in which the courts rely so exclusively on the criminal concepts of intention and causation in medical end-of-life decision-making. Although they provide the means by which culpability, blameworthiness and liability are ascribed, ascertaining the mens rea and actus reus elements is problematic in the medical scenario where a doctor’s role and responsibilities (when a patient dies following the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment or the administration of pain-killing medication) distinguishes him from a ‘cold-blooded’ murderer. In looking at a wide range of disciplines, this book aims to raise awareness as to the inadequate and inappropriate legal framework within which judges have to operate. It sets out the way in which they have devised certain ‘defences’ for doctors, and suggests a solution based on formalising these ‘defences’ and creating a medical mercy-killing type offence which would specifically take into account the relevance of motive, context and consent. This would enable a more open and honest approach which would, in turn, provide the certainty, consistency and equality required by the law. en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Routledge Cavendish Publishing
dc.title Intention and Causation in Medical Non-Killing: The impact of criminal law concepts on euthanasia and assisted suicide en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Book en
dc.contributor.institution Department of Law & Criminology en
dc.contributor.institution Law and Criminology en


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