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
|Article Title||Self-Determination, Dignity and End-of-Life Care: Regulating Advance Directives in International and Comparative Perspective, Stefania Negri (Ed.) : book review|
|© Publisher:||Juta Law Publishing|
|Journal||Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg|
|Affiliations||1 University of Johannesburg|
|Publication Date||Jan 2013|
|Pages||398 - 402|
ISI Social Science
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 Bioethics and International Law at the Intersection of Life, Death and Dignity 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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