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This book is a successor to J.Griffiths, A. Bood and H. Weyers, Euthanasia and Law in the Netherlands (Amsterdam University Press 1998). The first book was widely praised for its thoroughness, clarity, and accuracy. The new book emphasizes recent legal developments and new research, and has been expanded to include a full treatment of Belgium, where since 2002 euthanasia has also become legal. In addition, short descriptions of the legal situation and what is known about actual practice in a number of other European countries (including the UK, Switzerland, France, Spain), written by local specialists, is included.
The book strives for as complete and dispassionate a description of the situation as possible. It covers in detail: