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A panel discussion for the public and healthcare professionals presented by UCLA Health Ethics Center. Speakers are: Alex Capron, LL.B Professor, Law and Medicine James Hynds, Ph.D. Senior Clinical Ethicist, UCLA Health System Paul Vespa, M.D. Director, Neuro ICU, RRUCLA Medical Center Wednesday, April 16, 2014
“The Euthanasia Debate: International Perspectives”
John Keown, D.Phil., Ph.D.
Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
Christopher Kaczor, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy, Loyola Marymount University
The legality of voluntary euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide has been a controversial issue in the United States and other countries. John Keown, D.Phil., Ph.D., argues that legalizing physician-assisted suicide may lead to a slippery slope that could result in the unnecessary killing of patients. The debate calls us to question the meanings of compassion and autonomy as it relates to human suffering. Professor Keown will speak about the central issues in the debate, exploring the full moral and legal implications both nationally and globally.
John Keown, D.Phil., Ph.D. is a graduate of Cambridge University in law. He earned a doctorate at Oxford University. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales and won the Prize for Advocacy. Professor Keown’s research has been cited by distinguished bodies worldwide, including the United States Supreme Court, the Law Lords, the House of Commons, the House of Lords Select Committee on Medical Ethics, and the Australian Senate. He has served as a member of the ethics committee of the British Medical Association and is regularly consulted on legal and ethical aspects of medicine, specializing on beginning and end of life issues.