This contribution deals with the end of life and living wills in the light of the current debate in Italy. Starting from the emblematic case of Eluana Englaro, it examines several critical issues related to the interpretation of Art. 32 of the Italian Constitution, such as the concepts of autonomy, informed consent and non-disposability of human life. Judges are held accountable to answering social demands as an affirmation of individual rights of freedom on the end of their own life, due to the inertia of action from politics. Finally, a theoretical analysis is carried out on the social effects of bio-law in changing societies as well as of the role of science and medicine in issues relating to people and illness.

NEW VALUES AND SOCIAL RIGHTS AROUND LIFE AND DEATH

CLEMENTE, Carmine
2011

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This contribution deals with the end of life and living wills in the light of the current debate in Italy. Starting from the emblematic case of Eluana Englaro, it examines several critical issues related to the interpretation of Art. 32 of the Italian Constitution, such as the concepts of autonomy, informed consent and non-disposability of human life. Judges are held accountable to answering social demands as an affirmation of individual rights of freedom on the end of their own life, due to the inertia of action from politics. Finally, a theoretical analysis is carried out on the social effects of bio-law in changing societies as well as of the role of science and medicine in issues relating to people and illness.
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