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Lucy Davis, LLM in Human Rights and Criminal Justice student, presented at TCD Colloquium

14.02.2017
Lucy Davis, LLM in Human Rights and Criminal Justice student, presented at TCD Colloquium

“My paper was titled 'Physician-assisted suicide in Ireland and England and Wales: A comparative analysis'. This was inspired by my undergraduate advanced lawyering project, that I completed with the supervision of Dr John Lombard. This paper was a comparative discussion that examined the current law in Ireland as it relates to physician-assisted suicide and considered the framework in England and Wales, with a focus on the legislative potential in both jurisdictions and on what Ireland may learn from the legislative efforts in England. In relation to this jurisdiction, it provided a discussion of the Fleming v Ireland case, the Gail O’Rorke prosecution under the Criminal Law (Suicide) Act 1993 and the proposed Dying with Dignity Bill 2015.  This was juxtaposed with the court decisions in Pretty v UK, R (Purdy) v DPP and R (Nicklinson) v Ministry of Justice. The 2010 DPP policy and the attempts at legislating for physician-assisted suicide in England and Wales in the Marris Bill and Falconer Bill were also analysed. This paper discussed the important lessons that Ireland may garner from England and Wales and identified the proposals that may be drawn from a comparative analysis such as this”.