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Length:
30 minutes of audio
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Course Aims:

This podcast explains the background to the Suicide Act 1961 and gives the facts of Ms. Purdy’s appeal. It explains the House of Lords decision in the Pretty case, before examining how and why the Lords departed from that decision in Ms Purdy’s case. It details the Lords' approach regarding the relevance of the Human Rights Act to assisted suicide. Finally, it gives an overview of the reaction to the Law Lords’ final decision, and what its impact is likely to be.

Outcomes:
After completing the course you will:
  • Understand the background to the Suicide Act 1961;
  • Know the facts of Ms. Purdy’s appeal;
  • Understand the House of Lords decision in the Pretty case;
  • Know how and why the Lords departed from that decision in Ms Purdy’s case;
  • Understand the relevance of the Human Rights Act to assisted suicide;
  • Know the reaction to the Law Lords’ final decision, and what its impact is likely to be.
Level:
Beginner Difficulty: 1 of 5
Classification:
Case Update
Legal Principles
Sources and References:
  • Suicide Act 1961 Human Rights Act 1998;
  • R (on the application of Purdy) v DPP [2009] UKHL 45;
  • R (Pretty) v Director of Public Prosecutions (Secretary of State for the Home Department Intervening) [2002] 1 AC 800;
  • Hasan and Chaush v Bulgaria (2000) 34 EHRR 1339;
  • Sunday Times v United Kingdom (1979) 2 EHRR 245;
  • Goodwin v United Kingdom (1996) EHRR 123;
  • Hasan and Chaush v Bulgaria (2000) 34 EHRR 1339.

This podcast examines the controversial House of Lords judgment over assisted suicide in R (on the application of Purdy) v DPP [2009] UKHL 45. It describes the background to the appeal - examining the provisions of the offence, and the sad facts of Ms Purdy's case. It examines how the Lords decided the effect of Article 8 ECHR on the appeal. Finally, it details what impact the case is likely to have, and what the reactions have been to the decision.

Podcast added: 23/09/2009

Podcast last reviewed: 2011-11-30

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