The Right to Life and Conflicting Interests

Hardcover | September 19, 2010

byElizabeth Wicks

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The right to life is a core human right which has not yet received the detailed legal analysis that it requires. This book provides detailed, critical analysis of the controversial human right to life and, in particular, assesses the weight of conflicting interests which could and/or shouldserve to override the right. This contemporary study of the right to life focuses on the legal, as well as ethical, issues raised by the value of life in modern day society. It seeks to analyse the development, meaning and value of the fundamental human right to life in the context of its conflictswith other competing interests. The book begins with an overview of the right to life in which the concept of life itself is first analysed, before both the right and its legal protection and enforcement are subjected to historical, philosophical and comparative analysis. The remainder of the bookidentifies, and assesses the merits of, various competing interests. These comprise armed conflict; prevention of crime; rights of others; autonomy; quality of life; and finite resources. The right to life is unusual in having potential application to so many of today's ethically controversial questions. This new work investigates specific topics of current political, legal and ethical concern such as the right to life during international conflicts, the role of lethal force in lawenforcement, the death penalty, the right to life of a foetus in the context of legalised abortion, and the significance of quality of life and autonomy issues in respect of euthanasia and assisted suicide.

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The right to life is a core human right which has not yet received the detailed legal analysis that it requires. This book provides detailed, critical analysis of the controversial human right to life and, in particular, assesses the weight of conflicting interests which could and/or shouldserve to override the right. This contemporar...

Dr Elizabeth Wicks is a Senior Lecturer in Birmingham Law School at the University of Birmingham. She has published widely on various aspects of constitutional law, human rights law and medical law. She is the author of two previous books: The Evolution of a Constitution: Eight Key Moments in British Constitutional History (Hart Publi...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pagesPublished:September 19, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199547394

ISBN - 13:9780199547395

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Table of Contents

1. An Introduction to the Meaning of Life2. The Right to Life: Religious, Philosophical and Legal Origins3. The Enforcement of the Right to Life4. The Right to Life in Times of War or Armed Conflict5. The Right to Life and Prevention of Crime: Killing by the State as Punishment and/or Deterrence6. The Right to Life and Conflicting Rights of Others7. The Right to Life and Autonomy8. The Right to Life and the Quality of Life9. Protecting the Right to Life with Limited Public Resources10. Conclusion: The Right to Life and Conflicting Interests