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'Assisted Dying': The Law


What is the law on 'assisted dying'? And how has it evolved to its present position?

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In this paper barrister Charles Foster outlines the law in England and Wales relating to 'assisted dying' and sketches the route by which the law arrived
at its current state. He explains that 'assisted dying' is not a legal term but one coined by campaigners. He analyses the 1961 Suicide Act and the offence of assisting suicide and explores the legal milestones between 1961 and today.

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