Euthanasia in the Broader Framework of Dutch Penal Policies

M.S. Groenhuijsen, F. van Laanen

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    Abstract

    The authors have regarded euthanasia in the broader framework of Dutch penal policies. They present euthanasia as a typical example of the pragmatic - rather than dogmatic - way the Dutch try to tackle difficult moral problems in connection with the criminal justice system. Definitions, statutory law, procedural issues, borderline cases, professional supervision, and empirical findings are provided, analyzed, and discussed. Finally, the authors point at various advantages and drawbacks of the Dutch approach. Thus, the Dutch model is not depicted as ideal, but neither is it a horror story as suggested by some hardliners and by some foreign media reports. Probably the most precious advantage, the authors state, is that euthanasia has been generally accepted as a legitimate subject of discussion.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEuthanasia in International and Comparative Perspective
    EditorsM.S. Groenhuijsen, F. van Laanen
    Place of PublicationNijmegen
    PublisherWolf Legal Publishers (WLP)
    Pages195-225
    Number of pages31
    ISBN (Print)9789058502544
    Publication statusPublished - 2006

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