Minor Patients’ Consents to Euthanasia: Comparative Study of the Netherlands, Belgium and the United Kingdom

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Sirintip Somjai


Thailand has embraced passive euthanasia by recognizing the right to refuse treatments for extending life at the end of life or for relieving suffering, by virtue of Section 12 of National Health ACT B.E.2550 (2007).  This section does not provide the way in which minor patients give their consent to passive euthanasia. This results in a proposal to apply other rules – i.e. the rules relating to a minors’ capability to make decisions and give consent according to private law and medical practice, respectively – to this scenario. Nonetheless, there are discrepancies between those rules in terms of minors’ capabilities to give consent and their parents’ involvement in their consent processes. It is therefore unclear as to the way in which minor patients consent to passive euthanasia.


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Somjai, Sirintip. “Minor Patients’ Consents to Euthanasia: Comparative Study of the Netherlands, Belgium and the United Kingdom”. Naresuan University Law Journal 12, no. 1 (June 24, 2019): 47-66. Accessed March 9, 2021. https://so04.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/lawnujournal/article/view/169638.
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