A European Right to Assisted Suicide? Moral Justifications of the ECtHR Case Law

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Publication Bachelor thesis
Title A European Right to Assisted Suicide? Moral Justifications of the ECtHR Case Law
Author Olsson, Johanna
Date 2019
English abstract
This thesis seeks to investigate whether the current European Court of Human Rights case-law on assisted suicide can be justified using Kantian or Utilitarian arguments. The theory, consisting of Utilitarianism and Kantianism, is applied to three key cases arguing a right to assisted suicide under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights; Pretty v. the United Kingdom, Haas v. Switzerland and Koch v. Germany. Using argumentation analysis, arguments based on the case-law in combination with the two theories are presented and discussed. In a discussion centered around concepts such as autonomy, utility and rationality, the thesis concludes that the two theories are indeed useful in justifying the case-law on assisted suicide. The observation that the two theories can justify the same actions on different grounds concludes the essay, before ideas encouraging future research are presented.
Publisher Malmö universitet/Kultur och samhälle
Language eng (iso)
Subject assisted suicide
ECtHR
ethics
Kantianism
Utilitarianism
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/28857 Permalink to this page
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