The German Law on Euthanasia: The Legal Basics and the Actual Debate

Zwick, Anna

Document Type: Book chapter
Year of publication: 2013
Book title: Advance Care Decision Making in Germany and Italy
The title of a journal, publication series: Veröffentlichungen des Instituts für Deutsches, Europäisches und Internationales Medizinrecht, Gesundheitsrecht und Bioethik der Universitäten Heidelberg und Mannheim
Volume: 41
Page range: 151-185
Publisher: Negri, Stefania
Place of publication: Berlin [u.a.]
Publishing house: Springer
ISBN: 978-3-642-40554-9
ISSN: 1617-1497 , 2197-859X
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Law and Economics > Institut für Deutsches, Europ. u. Internat. Medizinrecht, Gesundheitsrecht u. Bioethik (IMGB)
Subject: 340 Law
Individual keywords (German): Medizinrecht , Rechtsvergleichung , Gesundheitsrecht , Medizinstrafrecht , Sterbehilfe
Keywords (English): Medical Law , Comparative Law , Public Health , Euthanasia
Abstract: This chapter focuses on the German criminal law in regard to euthanasia. Referring to the traditional classification, active indirect euthanasia, passive euthanasia, and assistance in suicide are legal in Germany, whereas active direct euthanasia is a crime. As criminal law is to be interpreted in the light of the Constitution, the most relevant Constitutional principles such as human dignity, the right to life and physical integrity, and the right to self-determination are presented. This legal overview is complemented by some of the currently most controversial issues within the topic. These include the impact of the new German law on living wills on the criminal law on euthanasia. Among other relevant debates, the issue of the criminalization of commercial assistance in suicide is discussed. The chapter concludes that despite the difficulties in the practical differentiation, the law on euthanasia is rather clear in Germany. The problem that remains, however, is the legal insecurity still largely found among the population and also among physicians and even lawyers. This insecurity leads to a frequent circulation of unqualified warnings, for one of a discussion concerning the legalization of active direct euthanasia, which currently is not at all being considered.

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