Euthanasia in Belgium Five Years after Legalisation

Posted: 18 Mar 2010

Date Written: January 9, 2009


In 2002, Belgium became the second country to legalise euthanasia after the Netherlands. Three biannual reports have been published by the Federal Control and Evaluation Commission, the body which monitors the application of the law. This article explores how the Belgian law works and what is known about Belgian euthanasia practice both before and since legalisation.

Keywords: euthanasia, assisted suicide, criminal law, Belgium, medical law, health law, assisted dying

Suggested Citation

Lewis, Penney, Euthanasia in Belgium Five Years after Legalisation (January 9, 2009). European Journal of Health Law, Vol. 16, 2009, Available at SSRN:

Penney Lewis (Contact Author)

King's College London ( email )

London, WC2R 2LS
United Kingdom
+44 20 7848 1103 (Phone)
+44 20 7848 2465 (Fax)


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