France’s top court rules quadriplegic has right to die
July 01, 2019
After years of back and forth, France’s Court of Cassation ruled on Friday that artificial life support for Vincent Lambert, a person who has been in a vegetative state since a road accident in 2008, can be terminated.
The court’s ruling reverses a previous decision by a Paris Court of Appeal last month, which forced his continued feeding and hydration despite his doctors’ advice and the will of Lambert’s wife and siblings.
The Paris court’s decision last month was made in response to an appeal by Lambert’s parents to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In the appeal, they argued that Lambert is a disabled individual and should be kept on artificial life support. The UN Committee expressed an interest in investigating the situation, but the French government is not bound by any legal obligations to allow this investigation to proceed.
With the top court’s new ruling, no further appeals are possible in France, and passive euthanasia via the withholding of supportive assistance can be used to allow Lambert to die. This is consistent with a 2016 law that allows terminally ill patients to be placed in continuous deep sedation until death.
Association of Human Rights Institutions Annual Research Conference on Human Rights
Source: Ejil Talk
February 24, 2019
On 6 – 7 September 2019 the Center for Human Rights of the University of Potsdam, Germany, will host the annual research conference on human rights organized by the Association of Human Rights Institutions (AHRI), consisting of more than 60 research institutions in the field. On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions of 1949, it will focus on the interrelationship between international human rights law and international humanitarian law. The Call for Papers for the conference entitled “Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law: Challenges Ahead”, inviting presentations not only covering legal perspectives, can be found here.