Relational dignity and assisted dying for persons deprived of liberty

Reichstein, Angelika (2022) Relational dignity and assisted dying for persons deprived of liberty. International Journal of Prisoner Health. ISSN 1744-9200

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate that the eventual legalisation of assisted dying in England and Wales should extend to persons deprived of liberty, as well. Design/methodology/approach: Using a relational view of dignity strengthens the argument that the need to protect the dignity of persons deprived of liberty requires the extension of the legalisation of assisted dying to persons deprived of liberty once generally achieved in England and Wales. Findings: Three aspects make dignity a relational concept – dignity being attributed by society, dignity working as a restraint on others and dignity requiring specific behaviours. All these elements support the claim that assisted dying should be available to persons deprived of liberty, once legalised in England and Wales. Originality/value: Both the legalisation of assisted dying for persons deprived of liberty and the concept of relational dignity have to date found little attention. With a legalisation of assisted dying being debated in England and Wales, it is pertinent to discuss its application to persons deprived of liberty, who would undoubtedly not automatically benefit from a future Assisted Dying Act.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: assisted dying,dignity,human rights,persons deprived of liberty,prisoners’ rights,relational dignity,health professions (miscellaneous) ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3600/3601
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2022 11:30
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2022 00:25
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/83610
DOI: 10.1108/IJPH-07-2021-0067

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