Ignoring the moral and intellectual shape of the law after Bland: the unintended side-effect of a sorry compromise


Coggon, John (2007) Ignoring the moral and intellectual shape of the law after Bland: the unintended side-effect of a sorry compromise. Legal Studies, 27, (1), 110-125. (doi:10.1111/j.1748-121X.2006.00042.x).

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In this paper, I explore the sanctity of life doctrine and consider the scope of s 4(5) of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, a provision designed to give statutory effect to the sanctity principle. Rather than question the intellectual validity of the doctrine, I examine the legal and practical problems created by this limited section. I argue that it necessarily creates dilemmas for medical practitioners, which could only be avoided by a wholesale adoption of the principle. I conclude, therefore, that the provision fails to ensure a coherent moral and intellectual shape to the law

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0261-3875 (print)
1748-121X (electronic)
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA1001 Forensic Medicine. Medical jurisprudence. Legal medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Law > Southampton Law School
ePrint ID: 342962
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2012 13:14
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 20:25
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/342962

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