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05/01/2018

Establishing New Rights: A Look at Aid in Dying

On September 23, 2017, the New Mexico Law Review and the University of New Mexico School of Law hosted a symposium, Establishing New Rights: A Look at Aid in Dying.


The Symposium brought together national scholars (like Thaddeus Pope), judges, and local experts to explore the ramifications of creating new rights through state constitutional interpretation, with a particular emphasis on the right to die. 


As state legislatures and supreme courts throughout the country confront the controversial subject of aid in dying, the question arises as to what is the role of the judiciary when the state constitution is vague about civil rights. The New Mexico Supreme Court was one of the latest to address this issue in the 2016 aid in dying case, Morris v. Brandenburg. The Symposium explored aid in dying from medical and legal perspectives, the background of Morris, and how other states have tried or succeeded in legalizing aid in dying.


The video footage of the Symposium can be accessed for free. The printed issue is also freely available. It collects essays and articles from many speakers of the Symposium.

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