Debate: Assisted Dying: A Matter of Choice?

3rd April 2012, Registration 6.00pm – Debate starts 6.30pm – Bar open from 7.45pm

The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1PL

The debate on the highly contentious issue of assisted dying has dramatically reopened in 2012 with the publication of guidance by the Director of Public Prosecutions, a report by the Commission on Assisted Dying and a high court decision protecting lawyers and doctors from prosecution for acting on behalf of clients that want help to end their lives.

In the first Law Society Public Debate Series of the new year, our panel examines the current state of the law on assisted dying; the principles the law should espouse; the practical aspects such as eligibility criteria and safeguards that would be necessary to entertain a change in the law; the recommendations of the Report of the Commission on Assisted Dying and; the question of whether reform of the law would precipitate undesirable culture change around the issue of assisted dying.

The event will be chaired by Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, Vice President of the Law Society.

The Panel

Baroness Young – Commission on Assisted Dying

Debbie Purdy – Campaigner, won case in 2009 demanding greater clarity from the DPP

Dr Kevin Fitzpatrick – Not Dead Yet UK

Robert Preston – Director, Living and Dying Well

Who should attend
This event is open to both members of the Law Society and the public. This debate is recommended for anyone interested in the debate topic, including:
• Law Society members
• Academics
• Solicitors in not-for-profit organisations
• Students

A Q&A session will follow the debate, and the Law Society bar will open from 7.45pm. Please register online.


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