Paul Bowen QC spoke about "The Last Human Right, or its Antithesis? Assisted Suicide, Euthanasia, the Right to Life and the Right to Choose the Timing and Manner of Death" on Friday 25th January 2013 at the Faculty of Law, as a guest on the regular CULS speaker programme,
Law Society Advocate of the Year 2009 and counsel for Tony Nicklinson in the widely publicised euthanasia case in August 2012, Paul Bowen QC is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers specialising in public law and human rights, with a particular interest in cases involving serious medical treatment, the right of autonomy and the right to life. In the Divisional Court, he argued that the law "encourages those with the means to Switzerland. For those without the means it offers 'Hobson's Choice' of amateur DIY death or continued suffering. Those who cannot end their own life are left to suffer".
Mr Bowen acted for Debbie Purdy in her successful challenge to the DPP's policy on assisted suicide prosecutions in 2008 and also represented Peter Sutcliffe in his tariff-setting appeal in December 2010.
This event was kindly Sponsored by Simmons & Simmons.
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