Supervision and Control in Euthanasia Law: Going Dutch?

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This article provides information on the design and working of the law on euthanasia in the Netherlands and Belgium. It argues that ever since the enactment of the law transparency regarding the euthanasia practice is growing. Furthermore, it argues that, at least in the Netherlands, an evolution is taking place from supervision and control after the fact to supervision and control in advance. In our opinion the law has not freed doctors from constraints that bind their colleagues in other countries but subjected them to much more legal scrutiny. Going Dutch is therefore a possibility for those who think protecting life important.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: August 1, 2012

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