Ethical and legal aspects of the right to die with dignity

  • Iva D. Golijan PhD Student, Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade
Keywords: euthanasia, mercy killing, active euthanasia, passive euthanasia, suicide, responsibility, ethics, law


The issue of euthanasia presents a contact area of ethics, law, and politics. This text provides a contribution to the expert public debate on the introduction of euthanasia into Serbian legislation. It does so first by clarifies the term – euthanasia (as a right to die with dignity). Further, it considers the obligations of other persons that arise from this right and the conditions under which they present a restriction on personality rights. By citing examples from the fields of ethics and law, the text states that the distinction between active and passive euthanasia is in fact a product of inadequate deliberation during the implementation of this differentiation.


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