The Human Right to Die with Dignity: A Policy-Oriented Essay

17 Human Rights Quarterly 463 (1995)

U of Houston Law Center No. 2014-A-15

25 Pages Posted: 6 Jun 2014

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Jordan J. Paust

University of Houston Law Center

Date Written: 1995

Abstract

This essay addresses the human right to die with dignity and recommends greater recognition of the right to choose the timing of the end of one’s life. Logically, the right to make choices about the end of one’s life is interrelated with claims to medical assistance and other assistance sufficient to assure a humane, dignified process of dying. With respect to the content, further contours, and application of the general right to die with dignity, a jurisprudential framework is offered for more contextually and policy-aware decisionmaking.

Keywords: assisted-suicide, choice, death, die with dignity, dignity, freedom, hospice, human dignity, human right, life, right to die, self-determination

Suggested Citation

Paust, Jordan J., The Human Right to Die with Dignity: A Policy-Oriented Essay (1995). 17 Human Rights Quarterly 463 (1995), U of Houston Law Center No. 2014-A-15, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2446218

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