Imogen Goold's Gresham Lecture - 'Should We Permit Voluntary Assisted Dying?
Imogen Goold was appointed Visiting Gresham Professor of Medical Law at Gresham College in 2021. Her first lecture of the 2022-2023 academic year is now available to watch on YouTube.
The English courts have wrestled with challenges to the restrictions on euthanasia and assisted suicide for years, while the government has resisted calls to liberalise the law. Meanwhile, terminally ill people continue to travel overseas to clinics such as Dignitas, to end their lives. Assisted dying raises fundamental questions about respect for individual autonomy, protection of the vulnerable and the role the State should play.
This lecture explains the law and explores arguments for and against liberalisation.