‘A Right to Die?’ – Socio-legal perspectives


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Posted on 30 March 2017

This socio-legal academic conference taking place on the 18th July 2017 will explore cutting edge themes associated with assisted dying and euthanasia. The programme is as follows:

10.00 Registration & Coffee
10.30 Welcome from Professor Alison Brammer, Head of Keele Law School
10:35 Introduction by Chair, Dr Sue Westwood

10.40 Keynote speaker: Professor Penney Lewis, Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London (‘Assisted Dying and Legal Change’)
11.10 Q&A

11.20 – 12.30 Panel 1: Assisted Dying & Euthanasia - Current Debates. Chair: Dr Anthony Wrigley
Speaker (1) Dr Iain Brassington, University of Manchester (‘Overview of Debates’)
Speaker (2) Professor Richard Huxtable, University of Bristol (‘Euthanasia, Ethics and the Law’)
Speaker (3) Professor Alison Brammer, Keele University (‘Safeguarding Issues’)
12.20 Q&A


12.30 – 1.15 Lunch

1.15 – 2.40 Panel 2: Assisted Dying & Euthanasia - Views. Chair: Professor Marie-Andre Jacob
Speaker (1) Professor Clare Wilkinson, Bangor University (‘Why do we want the right to die?)
Speaker (2) Dr Glenys Caswell, University of Nottingham (‘Agency, death and dying in the UK’)
Speaker (3) Davina Hehir, Director of Legal Strategy and Policy, Dignity in Dying (‘Choice, control and access to services at the end of life: Advocating for the right to die’)
2.30 Q&A


2.40 – 3.00 Tea Break

3.00 – 4.10 Panel 3: Assisted Dying & Euthanasia - Subjectivities Chair: Dr Tsachi Keren-Perez
Speaker (1) Professor Celia Kitzinger, University of York (‘Court applications for withdrawal of artificial nutrition and hydration from patients in a permanent vegetative state: Family experiences’)
Speaker (2) Dr Sue Westwood, Keele University (‘Older lesbians, gay men and the “right to die” debate’)
Speaker (3) Professor Sue Read & Dr Sotirios Santatzoglou, Keele University (‘Exploring hospice care from the perspectives of people living with multiple sclerosis: An exploratory case study’)
4.00 Q&A


4.10 – 4.15 Closing comments (Chair)
4.15 Close

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