A Critical Analysis of Euthanasia, Human Rights and the Role of Law in Right to Die

  • Dr Nishtiman Othman Mohammed
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  • Dr Nishtiman Othman Mohammed

    Lecturer at University of Sulaimani, College of Law, Iraq

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"Euthanasia," also known as "mercy killing" or "good death," raises complex ethical and legal questions regarding the right to life and the freedom to choose the timing and manner of one's own death. This critical analysis examines the European Convention on Human Rights and its interpretation of the right to life, exploring whether the right to die can be included within its framework. The paper focuses on case law from the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) to shed light on relevant articles and their interpretation in cases related to assisted suicide and euthanasia. By examining the competing rights and interests under the Convention, the study provides insights into the debates surrounding assisted dying. The research draws on primary legal sources, including case law and legislation, as well as secondary sources such as academic journals and reports from jurisdictions where assisted death is permitted. The findings and analysis contribute to a nuanced understanding of the right to die, considering arguments for and against its recognition, and examining key case law precedents. Ultimately, this paper aims to shed light on the intersection of euthanasia, human rights, and the role of law in the right to die, providing valuable insights for scholars, policymakers, and individuals interested in this important and sensitive topic.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 1, Page 380 - 396

DOI: https://doij.org/10.10000/IJLMH.116729

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