n Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg - Self-Determination, Dignity and End-of-Life Care: Regulating Advance Directives in International and Comparative Perspective, Stefania Negri (Ed.) : book review

Volume 2013, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0257-7747
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2207



The medical and technological advancements of the last century have improved man's health and mortality rate considerably. Along with these advancements, however, have come new challenges and legal questions. An increase in ageing societies, the artificial prolongation of life, and the status of advance refusals of further life-sustaining treatment, or even advance requests for euthanasia, are just some of the challenges that face lawyers, policy-makers, medical personnel and patients alike. This volume, edited by Negri, attempts to address these difficult issues and is the result of an international research project on of the Observatory on Human Rights: Bioethics, Health, Environment, which consists of a network of academics promoting international cooperation between the faculty of law of the University of Salerno and other academic institutions (xi). The volume consolidates contributions of various authors from around the world "to provide a valuable comparative examination of advance directives and of the policy documents relating to them" (ix), and it further endeavours to "offer new insights into the most hotly debated legal issues surrounding the theme of dignity and autonomy at the end of life" (xi).

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