Suicide Tourism: Understanding the Legal, Philosophical, and Socio-Political Dimensions

ISBN : 9780198825456

Daniel Sperling
208 Pages
138 x 216 mm
Pub date
Sep 2019
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This book explores the phenomenon of suicide tourism. As more countries legally permit assisted suicide and do not necessarily bar the participation of non-residents, suicide tourism is becoming a larger and more complex global issue.
The book sets out the parameters for future debate by first contextualizing the practice and identifying its treatment under international and domestic law. It then analyses the ethical ramifications, weighing up where the state's responsibilities lie, and addressing the controversial roles of accompanying persons. The book goes on to offer a sociological and cultural analysis of suicide tourism, including interviews with the various stakeholders: policy makers, assisted suicide associations, and medical and patients' organizations, in Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, and the UK. The book concludes with a summary of the legal, ethical, political, and sociological dimensions of suicide tourism.


Part I: Legal Aspects of Suicide Tourism
1 The Status of Assisted Suicide
2 The Legality of Suicide Tourism
Part II: Philosophical Aspects of Suicide Tourism
3 The Morality of Suicide Tourism
4 Political Philosophy Analysis of Suicide Tourism
Part III: Sociological and Cultural Aspects of Suicide Tourism
5 Empirical Analysis of Suicide Tourism

About the author: 

Daniel Sperling is a Senior lecturer in bioethics and health law at the University of Haifa and teaches at the Department of Nursing and the Faculty of Law.

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