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Bioethics, Medicine and the Criminal Law: The Criminal Law and Bioethical Conflict: Walking the Tightrope

Edited by: Amel Alghrani, Rebecca Bennett, Suzanne Ost

ISBN13: 9781107025127
Published: November 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £72.00

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Who should define what constitutes ethical and lawful medical practice? Judges? Doctors? Scientists? Or someone else entirely? This volume analyses how effectively criminal law operates as a forum for resolving ethical conflict in the delivery of health care. It addresses key questions such as: how does criminal law regulate controversial bioethical areas? What effect, positive or negative, does the use of criminal law have when regulating bioethical conflict? And can the law accommodate moral controversy? By exploring criminal law in theory and in practice and examining the broad field of bioethics as opposed to the narrower terrain of medical ethics, it offers balanced arguments that will help readers form reasoned views on the ethical legitimacy of the invocation and use of criminal law to regulate medical and scientific practice and bioethical issues.

Medical Law, Criminal Law
1. Introduction - when criminal law encounters bioethics: a case of tensions and incompatibilities or an apt forum for resolving ethical conflict? Amel Alghrani, Rebecca Bennett and Suzanne Ost

Part I. Death, Dying, and the Criminal Law:
2. Euthanasia and assisted suicide should, when properly performed by a doctor in an appropriate case, be decriminalised John Griffiths
3. Five flawed arguments for decriminalising euthanasia John Keown
4. Euthanasia excused: between prohibition and permission Richard Huxtable

Part II. Freedom and Autonomy: When Consent Is Not Enough:
5. Body integrity identity disorder - a problem of perception? Robert Smith
6. Risky sex and 'manly diversions': the contours of consent in criminal law - transmission and rough horseplay cases David Gurnham
7. 'Consensual' sexual activity between doctors and patients: a matter for the criminal law? Suzanne Ost and Hazel Biggs

Part III. Criminalising Biomedical Science:
8. 'Scientists in the dock': regulating science Amel Alghrani and Sarah Chan
9. Bioethical conflict and developing biotechnologies: is protecting individual and public health from the risks of xenotransplantation a matter for the (criminal) law? Sara Fovargue
10. The criminal law and enhancement - none of the law's business? Nishat Hyder and John Harris
11. Dignity as a socially constructed value Stephen Smith

Part IV. Bioethics and Criminal Law in the Dock:
12. Can English law accommodate moral controversy in medicine? The case of abortion Margaret Brazier
13. The case for decriminalising abortion in Northern Ireland Marie Fox
14. The impact of the loss of deference towards the medical profession Jose Miola
15. Criminalising medical negligence David Archard
16. All to the good? Criminality, politics, and public health John Coggon
17. Moral controversy, human rights and the common law judge Brenda Hale.

Series: Bioethics and Law

Regulating Patient Safety: The End of Professional Dominance? ISBN 9780521190992
Published March 2017
Cambridge University Press
The Global Health Crisis: Ethical Responsibilities ISBN 9781107190351
Published March 2017
Cambridge University Press
Solidarity in Biomedicine and Beyond ISBN 9781107074248
Published January 2017
Cambridge University Press
Empirical Bioethics: Practical and Theoretical Perspectives ISBN 9781107078475
Published December 2016
Cambridge University Press
Electronic Health Records and Medical Big Data: Law and Policy ISBN 9781316617687
Published December 2016
Cambridge University Press
Electronic Health Records and Medical Big Data: Law and Policy ISBN 9781107166547
Published December 2016
Cambridge University Press
Bioethics, Medicine and the Criminal Law: Medicine, Crime and Society ISBN 9781107021532
Published January 2013
Cambridge University Press