Belgian Euthanasia Law - Critical Analysis

Journal of Medical Ethics, Vol. 35, Issue 7, pp. 436-439, 2009

9 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2009

See all articles by Raphael Cohen-Almagor

Raphael Cohen-Almagor

University College London ; University of Hull

Date Written: July 8, 2009


The essay opens with some background information about the context of euthanasia in Belgium. It proceeds by discussing the Belgian law on euthanasia and concerns about the law. Finally, suggestions as to how to improve the Belgian law and practice of euthanasia are made, urging the Belgian legislators and medical establishment to reflect and ponder so as to prevent potential abuse.

Keywords: autonomy, Belgium, Caritas Flanders, euthanasia, palliative care, terminal sedation

JEL Classification: I1, I18, I19, Z

Suggested Citation

Cohen-Almagor, Raphael, Belgian Euthanasia Law - Critical Analysis (July 8, 2009). Journal of Medical Ethics, Vol. 35, Issue 7, pp. 436-439, 2009. Available at SSRN:

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