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How Should Australia Respond to Media-Publicised Developments on Euthanasia in Belgium?

Journal of Law and Medicine, Vol. 23, p. 835, 2016

Deakin Law School Research Paper No. 16-34

15 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2016  

Neera Bhatia

Deakin University, Geelong, Australia - Deakin Law School

Ben White

Queensland University of Technology - Faculty of Law

Luc Deliens

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

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Date Written: 2016

Abstract

This article considers the implications that recent euthanasia developments in Belgium might have for the Australian debate on assisted dying. Through media database and internet searches, four significant developments in Belgium were identified: three cases involving individuals who requested access to euthanasia, and recent changes to the Belgian Act on Euthanasia 2002, allowing children access to euthanasia. The article outlines these developments and then examines how they have been discussed in Australia by the different sides of the euthanasia debate. It concludes that these developments are important considerations that legislators and policy-makers in Australia should engage with, but argues that that engagement must be rational and also informed by the significant evidence base that is now available on how the Belgian (and other) assisted dying regimes operate in practice.

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Bhatia, Neera and White, Ben and Deliens, Luc, How Should Australia Respond to Media-Publicised Developments on Euthanasia in Belgium? (2016). Journal of Law and Medicine, Vol. 23, p. 835, 2016; Deakin Law School Research Paper No. 16-34. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2836830

Neera Bhatia (Contact Author)

Deakin University, Geelong, Australia - Deakin Law School ( email )

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Ben White

Queensland University of Technology - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Australia

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Luc Deliens

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) ( email )

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http://www.vub.ac.be/
Brussels, 1050
Belgium

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