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Posted on November 18, 2020 at 8:47 AM

Increasingly, jurisdictions around the world are considering legalizing voluntary assisted dying (VAD). Beyond the question of whether to legalize VAD, a critical issue is what form the legislation should take. This impacts who has access to a medically assisted death, what kind of assistance can be provided, and the safeguards and monitoring systems in place.

In this episode of “Coffee with a Colleague,” Dr. Eliana Close speaks to Professor Thaddeus Mason Pope about aspects of the VAD legislation in Australia and the United States. They discuss how certain aspects of VAD legislation may compromise various policy goals, often due to political compromises. However, as VAD is legalized in more states, there are signs that some jurisdictions may be slowly moving away from a cookie-cutter approach to how the legislation is structured.

For more information, see our new articles:

  • Thaddeus Mason Pope, ‘Medical Aid in Dying: Key Variations Among U.S. State Laws’ (2020) 14(1) Journal of Health & Life Sciences Law 25
  • Ben White, Katrine Del Villar, Eliana Close & Lindy Willmott: ‘Does the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 (Vic) Reflect Its Stated Policy Goals?’ (2020) 43(2) University of New South Wales Law Journal

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