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Friday, 21 March 2014
Sixth Formers enjoyed an insightful presentation from Professor Emily Jackson, who is Head of the Department of Law at the London School of Economics. The students, who are all studying Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, enjoyed a presentation on Assisted Dying and the Law, which was held in the new Riley Sixth Form Centre. Professor Jackson explained how we are at a fascinating moment in time with regards to this issue. Starting her talk with the Suicide Act of 1961 and focusing on individual cases, including that of Debbie Purdy and Daniel James, who ended his life by visiting the Dignitas Clinic in Zurich, she then discussed the case currently being examined by an unprecedented nine Judges in the Supreme Court, on which a ruling is expected at any day.
Religious Studies Prefect Elizabeth Moore commented: “In her talk, Professor Jackson explained the current legislation around the right to die to us and outlined the pressures on the government to change these laws, perhaps bringing us closer to a situation such as in Switzerland. She also showed us some recent case studies, such as that of Tony Nicklinson, and it was interesting to see the law in action. The talk was really thought-provoking, and provided an extra insight into the material covered during A Level Religious Studies.”
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