Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill: Does Scotland Need to Legislate?

Event Name Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill: Does Scotland Need to Legislate?
Start Date 24th Apr 2014 9:00am
End Date 24th Apr 2014 5:30pm
Duration 8 hours and 30 minutes

Open to all, however paid registration is required. Please register your interest through the following Eventbrite link:

Ampersand Advocates and the JK Mason Institute for Medicine, Life Sciences and the Law at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Law, will jointly host ‘The Assisted Suicide Bill: Does Scotland need to legislate?’, a Symposium on the principlespracticalitiespalliative care and policing aspects of the proposed statutory scheme.

This one-day event will bring together lawyers, health care professionals, and other practitioners to explore the implications of the Bill and to contribute to the public consultation process. The intention is to encourage responsible and mutually respectful dialogue between fellow professionals who might be called upon to implement the proposed law.

Confirmed panellists include:

  • Dr Miles Mack,  Chair-elect & Deputy Chair (Policy), RCGP Scotland
  • Norma Shippin, Director, Central Legal Office, NHS Scotland
  • Adrian Ward, Partner, TC Young
  • Dorothy Bain QC, Ampersand
  • Dr Stephen Hutchison, MD FRCP Glasgow
  • Ailsa Carmichael QC, Ampersand
  • Mark Hazelwood, Director, Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care
  • David Stephenson QC, Ampersand
  • Isra Black, Centre of Medical Law and Ethics, Kings College London
  • With representatives from Church, the Defence Union and Scottish Parliament to be confirmed.


Morning Sessions

Principles behind the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill: a panel of experts, from political, legal, medical and religious perspectives will examine the principles underlying the current Bill. This session will finish with an interactive vote – pro or against legalisation.

Practicalities of the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill: a panel of experts will examine the practicalities of implementing the provisions of the Bill if it were to be passed in its current form.

Afternoon Sessions 

Palliative Care perspective: this panel will consider the Bill’s implications for the provision of palliative care in Scotland and discuss palliative care as an alternative to assisted suicide legislation.

Policing of assisted suicide in practice: a panel of experts will discuss the mechanisms required to ensure effective and responsible enforcement of the Bill.

Debate: panellists will debate upon whether Scotland should legislate for assisted suicide. The symposium will close after the initial votes are re-visited.

A wine reception will immediately follow the final session.

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