Special Section: International Voices 2010

Autonomy, Human Dignity, and the Right to Healthcare: A Dutch Perspective


Dutch medical ethics policy is renowned for being highly liberal, due largely to the Dutch law on euthanasia. The Netherlands is one of the very few countries in which euthanasia performed by physicians and physician-assisted suicide (PAS) has been legalized. Acts of euthanasia and PAS go unpunished, provided certain conditions are fulfilled.

Martin Buijsen, L.L.M., Ph.D., is Professor of Health Law, Erasmus University Medical Centre, Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.