Assisted dying and the European Court of Human Rights. Time for a change of heart?

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The topic of assisted dying, including euthanasia, ‘mercy killing’ and assisted suicide, has excited much legal, moral, ethical and political debate in both the United Kingdom and in Europe over the last 20 years. The European Court of Human Rights has recently held a hearing with respect to the compatibility of Hungarian law with the European Convention on Human Rights in this area. This will provide the Court with another opportunity to rule on whether the state has a duty to allow assisted dying and thus offer individuals the right to a dignified death.
This short article will detail the claims made in this case, before assessing its likely success in line with the existing jurisprudence of the European Court in this area. The account of existing case law will also highlight the various claims made to the Court with respect to assisted dying, both from those seeking a dignified death, and others who challenge domestic law and practice that allows assisted dying.
Original languageEnglish
Article number6
Pages (from-to)61-68
Number of pages8
JournalCoventry Law Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2024


  • Assisted Dying
  • Human Rights
  • Hungary


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