Institut Européen de bioérhique: Conference – 15 Years of Euthanasia Law in Belgium – 16-17 November 2017

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Conference – 15 Years of Euthanasia Law in Belgium – 16-17 November 2017

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Conference on 15 Years of Euthanasia Legislation in Belgium on 16 and 17 November
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On 16-17 November 2017 UCSIA organizes an international conference on 15 Years of Euthanasia Law in Belgium: Critical Perspectives from Home and Abroad at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.

Since 2002 Belgium is one of the few countries in the world that allows by law euthanasia or the active ending of the life of a patient by a doctor on request of the first and within strict conditions. In the Belgian media and civil society the euthanasia law and practice seems to have gained wide acceptance. Remarkably, however, in other countries of the Western world, Belgium has often been criticized for its euthanasia law and the practice of medical aid in dying it inaugurated. Moreover, in recent years some critical voices were heard in Belgium also, notably with relation to euthanasia for psychiatric patients and elderly who are not terminally ill but are ‘tired of living’.

What should we think of these critical voices? This symposium aims at a better understanding of the worries and critiques expressed abroad and in Belgium after 15 years of euthanasia law and practice. A first part of the colloquium will highlight how some experts from abroad and from Belgium assess the Belgian euthanasia law and its current application: the aim is to strengthen mutual understanding and dialogue. A second part of the colloquium will focus on the worries concerning euthanasia for psychiatric patients and geriatric patients: here also, voices from abroad will meet Belgian experts.

The overall aim of the symposium is to bring together experts from different fields (legal, medical, ethical, philosophical) to elucidate the following questions:

Should the Belgian law and practice on euthanasia be taken as an example to follow, or not?
What are the main worries among legal experts, physicians, activists, citizens from abroad with regard to the Belgian euthanasia law and practice?
How should we understand the growing criticism and/or worries among experts abroad, but also in Belgium, on the implementation of euthanasia in psychiatry and geriatrics?
How could, if needed, the Belgian law and practice with regard to euthanasia be improved?

Answering these questions should help not only to overcome possible misunderstandings, but could also be a way to improve existing practices in the end-of-life care. After all, any legal regulation of euthanasia confronts us with questions and challenges that exceed national legislations or local medical cultures: it confronts us with ethical, legal and medical issues that have universal significance and importance.
Keynotes day 1 – Comparative Cases of Legislation from Different Countries

Purpose and regulation of euthanasia/suicide in Belgium (and the Netherlands): a view from the outside by Scott Kim, Dept. of Bioethics, National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (US)
Constitutionalizing ‘Medical assistance in dying’ in Canada and the rhetorical shift by Trudo Lemmens, University of Toronto (Canada)
But why does a doctor have to do it? Historical perspectives on euthanasia and suicide by Kevin Yuill, University of Sunderland (UK)
Euthanasia in the Netherlands and in Belgium: ethics, law and practice by Raphael Cohen-Almagor, University of Hull (UK)
Reflection on the euthanasia law in Belgium by Sigrid Sterckx, Ghent University (Belgium)

Keynotes day 2 – Debate on Application within Psychiatry and Impact on Geriatrics

Euthanasia and mental suffering by Ariane Bazan, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)
Reflections on the euthanasia law in Belgium by Patrick Cras, University Hospital of Antwerp (Belgium)
The Belgian case within an international perspective by Joris Vandenberghe, KU Leuven (Belgium)
Challenges of dealing with euthanasia in geriatric medicine by Nele Van Den Noortgate, Ghent University (Belgium)
Euthanasia and end-of-life care: the palliative filter by Marc Desmet, Palliative Care Unit and Support Team, Jessa Hospital Hasselt (Belgium)

Practical details

When?
16-17 November 2017, 9.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.

Where?
University of Antwerp
City Campus – Hof van Liere
Prinsstraat 13
2000 Antwerp

Do you want to attend?
Registration fee € 35/day or € 60/two days
Online registration before November 12th 2017 is required!
More information

Download the e-brochure or go to http://www.ucsia.org.

Questions about the programme? Contact Ellen Decraene, Project Coordinator, ellen.decraene@ucsia.be, T +32 (0) 3 265 45 99.
Questions about the registrations? Contact Marijke Celis, marijke.celis@ucsia.be, T +32 (0) 3 265 49 60.

This project has been set up in collaboration with a multidisciplinary academic steering committee: prof. dr. Jan De Lepeleire (KU Leuven), prof. dr. Willem Lemmens (University of Antwerp), prof. dr. Luc Braeckmans (Academic director UCSIA), Ellen Decraene (Project coordinator UCSIA) & Sara Mels (Project coordinator UCSIA)

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