Course: Summer school – Doctors and lawyers dealing with death and dying

31 March 2017


Medical, legal and ethical challenges in end-of-life decision making. 3-7 July 2017

Preliminary Program Summer School

The Erasmus School of Law in collaboration with the department of Public Health of the Erasmus Medical Center (Erasmus MC) will host the international summer school ‘’Doctors and lawyers dealing with death and dying’’ in the first week of July 2017 in Rotterdam.

Many countries are currently engaged in a societal debate about the question whether to decriminalize or legalize some form of assistance in dying. In this multi-disciplinary one-week course, students will be introduced to the Dutch situation regarding Termination of Life on Request and Assisted Suicide (Review Procedures) Act of 2002, the practice of medical decision making at the end of life, and current ethical, legal and medical challenges in comparative perspective with other European countries.

The aim of this course is to expand the knowledge of participants on medical, legal, and ethical issues at the end of life, and to reflect on these issues based on the facts and figures. The summer school is part of a broader Research Excellence Initiative (REI) ‘’Doctors and lawyers dealing with death and dying’’.



Seminar: Ethical and legal aspects of patient sedation

7 July 2010

Wednesday 14th July – 12 to 2pm

Speakers: Gerard Hanratty, Capsticks Solicitors LLP, London and Craig Gannon, Princess Alice Hospice, Esher

Venue: Boardroom, 5th Floor, Duke of Kent Building, University of Surrey

There is no need to book, all are welcome to this free event.

Please bring your sandwiches – drinks will be provided.

Radio: The Report on continuous deep sedation

18 February 2010

The Report,  BBC Radio 4, Thursday 18th February, 8-8.30pm, now available indefinitely via the iPlayer.

From the programme’s website: “Author Terry Pratchett has argued that assisted suicide should be legal in the UK – but there is already a medical technique widely used in the NHS which some campaigners claim is euthanasia by the backdoor. Called terminal sedation, it’s used to ease the pain and suffering of the very sick. But critics say it can hasten death. Linda Pressly investigates the extent of terminal sedation and examines if it is always in the interests of patients and their families.”

Professor Clive’s Seale’s research which he discusses in the programme was published as Seale C. (2009) End-of-life decisions in the UK involving medical practitioners. Palliative Medicine, 23, 3, 198-204 (Athens password required for full-text).

Radio: continuous deep sedation and euthanasia

12 August 2009

BBC Radio 4, PM, 12 August 2009, available for listening for one week after broadcast. Item is about 20 minutes into the broadcast.

Adam Brimelow reports on the phenomenon of continuous deep sedation, interviewing Dr. Nigel Sykes (Medical Director of St Christopher’s Hospice), Professor Clive Seale (author of End-of-life decisions in the UK involving medical practitioners. Palliat. Med. 2009;23:198-204) and Dr. Judith Rietjens (co-author of Continuous deep sedation for patients nearing death in the Netherlands: descriptive study. BMJ, Apr 2008; 336: 810 – 813).

The item has also been written up in a BBC News website article.

It would have been helpful, though, to have examined the link being made here between continuous deep sedation (CDS) and euthanasia. In particular, to what extent (if at all) is death in the UK hastened as a result of CDS?