Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=1693774
 
 

Footnotes (107)



 


 



Informal Legal Change on Assisted Suicide: The Policy for Prosecutors


Penney J. Lewis


King's College London – The Dickson Poon School of Law

July 19, 2010

Legal Studies (Online), October 13, 2010

Abstract:     
Following the House of Lords’ decision in Purdy, the Director of Public Prosecutions issued an interim policy for prosecutors setting out the factors to be considered when deciding whether a prosecution in an assisted suicide case is in the public interest. This paper considers the interim policy, the subsequent public consultation and the resulting final policy. Key aspects of the policy are examined, including the condition of the victim, the decision to commit suicide and the role of organised or professional assistance. The inclusion of assisted suicides which take place within England and Wales makes the informal legal change realised by the policy more significant than was originally anticipated.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 15

Keywords: assisted suicide, PAS, physician-assisted suicide, prosecution policy, assisted dying, legal change, end of life, dying

Accepted Paper Series


Download This Paper

Date posted: October 19, 2010  

Suggested Citation

Lewis, Penney J., Informal Legal Change on Assisted Suicide: The Policy for Prosecutors (July 19, 2010). Legal Studies (Online), October 13, 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1693774

Contact Information

Penney Lewis (Contact Author)
King's College London – The Dickson Poon School of Law ( email )
Somerset House East Wing
Strand
London, WC2R 2LS
United Kingdom
+442078481103 (Phone)
+442078482465 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/law/people/academic/plewis.aspx

Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 546
Downloads: 140
Download Rank: 121,249
Footnotes:  107

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo4 in 0.235 seconds