PhD defence L. (Liselotte) Postma
- Prof.mr. P.A.M. Mevis
- Prof.dr. A. van der Heide
On Thursday 1 April 2021, L. Postma will defend her PhD dissertation, entitled: ‘Maybe it was still too early. The regulations of the written declaration for the termination of life in Section 2, second subsection,of the Termination of Life on Request and Assisted Suicide (Review Procedures) Act from a criminal law perspective’.
This study concerns Section 2, subsection 2, of the Termination of Life on Request and Assisted Suicide (Review Procedures) Act, which reads as follows:
‘If a patient aged sixteen or over, who is no longer capable of expressing their will, but before reaching this state was deemed capable of making a reasonable appraisal of their own interests, has made a written declaration requesting that their life be terminated, then the attending physician may comply with this request. The due care requirements, referred to in the first subsection, apply mutatis mutandis.’
The key research question in this study is to what extent the current model of Section 2, subsection 2, of the Termination of Life on Request and Assisted Suicide (Review Procedures) Act, along with the assumption that these regulations as a result are based on clear, coherent underlying thinking, is tenable from a legal perspective, whether there are alternative solutions, or if it could result in the necessity to adjust the law, in which case, what a proposal for this purpose specifically must be.
Due to corona, the PhD defences do not take place publicly in the usual way in the Senate Hall or in the Professor Andries Querido Room. The candidates will defend their dissertation either in a small group or online.