Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law

Tag: Euthanasia

  • The Right to Assisted Dying in Portugal

    —Teresa Violante, Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg [Editor’s Note: This is one of our ICONnect columns. For more on our 2023 columnists, see here.] Assisted dying regimes are increasingly being introduced globally. When the democratic legislature fails to take the initiative, courts have stepped in and pushed for legal reform claiming that this is an issue of human rights.

  • The Italian Constitutional Court and the Referendum on Euthanasia(?): a Declaration of Inadmissibility

    –Benedetta Vimercati, Assistant Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Milan On 15 February the Italian Constitutional Court issued a press release to announce its ruling that the euthanasia referendum’s question is inadmissible. The press release concisely states that the Constitutional judges turned down the request to hold a national referendum because it would not safeguard the “minimum constitutional protection of human life, particularly with reference to weak and vulnerable persons”.