Life assurance and consensual death: law making for the rationally suicidal

Davey, James and Coggon, John (2006) Life assurance and consensual death: law making for the rationally suicidal Cambridge Law Journal, 65, (3), pp. 521-548. (doi:10.1017/S0008197306007215).


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Difficult questions of medical ethics are often made more complex in the real world by the intrusion of private law considerations. The end of life choices of a mentally competent but terminally ill patient may be influenced by the consequences for the financial well being of surviving dependants. In particular, attention is likely to be given to the effect on any life insurance cover in place. For many this will represent the greatest financial asset contingent on death. There has been considerable debate as to the proper response of public law to these issues, in both the criminal and regulatory fields. However, the prosecutorial, judicial and jury discretions that bound these rules limit their impact in practice. By contrast, the private law principles that govern the distribution of assets on death have been largely overlooked. This article redresses that imbalance

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1017/S0008197306007215
ISSNs: 0008-1973 (print)
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Organisations: Southampton Law School
ePrint ID: 342965
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November 2006Published
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2012 13:28
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 16:37
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