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Reporting and Scrutiny of Reported Cases in Four Jurisdictions Where Assisted Dying Is Lawful: A Review of the Evidence in the Netherlands, Belgium, Oregon and Switzerland


Penney J. Lewis


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

Isra Black


Centre of Medical Law and Ethics, Dickson Poon School of Law

July 8, 2013

MEDICAL LAW INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHED ONLINE 3 DECEMBER 2013 DOI: 10.1177/0968533213508973

Abstract:     
This article examines the reporting requirements in four jurisdictions in which assisted dying (euthanasia and/or assisted suicide) is legally regulated: the Netherlands, Belgium, Oregon and Switzerland. These jurisdictions were chosen because for each there is a substantial amount of empirical evidence available. We assess the available empirical evidence on reporting and what it tells us about the effectiveness of such requirements in encouraging reporting. We also look at the nature of requirements on regulatory bodies to refer cases not meeting the legal criteria to either prosecutorial or disciplinary authorities. We assess the evidence available on the outcomes of reported cases, including the rate of referral and the ultimate disposition of referred cases.

Keywords: Reporting, euthanasia, assisted suicide, assisted dying, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Oregon, end of life, dying, physician-assisted suicide

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Date posted: February 3, 2014  

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Lewis, Penney J. and Black, Isra, Reporting and Scrutiny of Reported Cases in Four Jurisdictions Where Assisted Dying Is Lawful: A Review of the Evidence in the Netherlands, Belgium, Oregon and Switzerland (July 8, 2013). MEDICAL LAW INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHED ONLINE 3 DECEMBER 2013 DOI: 10.1177/0968533213508973. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2389378

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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
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HOME PAGE: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/law/people/academic/plewis.aspx

Isra Black
Centre of Medical Law and Ethics, Dickson Poon School of Law ( email )
Somerset House East Wing
Strand
London, WC2R 2LS
United Kingdom

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