Invitation to a Lecture on Euthanasia and Conscientious Objection in Europe

World Youth Alliance 

Legalized Euthanasia: Is Conscientious Objection also in Danger? 
We invite you to a lecture by Andrea Popescu, Legal Expert at European Center for Law and Justice, and WYA Alumna 

June 17, 2014, 6:30-8:30 pm 
World Youth Alliance Europe Headquarters
Rue de la Loi 42, 1000 Brussels, Belgium 

Free and open to the public.

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Contact person: Agnes King      Phone number: 0488/08.80.58

An initiative of the organizations Jurivie and World Youth Alliance Europe

Can a law constrain the conscience of an individual? What legal force or social legitimacy recognizes the right to conscientious objection within the prescriptions of law?

The Belgian Law, which decriminalized euthanasia and passed on May 28, 2002, guarantees health care professionals a conscience clause regarding euthanasia.

Everyone is aware of the bill that extended euthanasia to minors, was signed into law in February 2014, and changed the previous law passed on May 28, 2002.  Less well known is the fact that other bills related to euthanasia and threatening the right of conscientious objection, were introduced to the Belgium Senate on June 26, 2013. One of the bills proposed setting a deadline for the doctor to respond to the patient’s request for euthanasia and the transmission of the patient’s medical record to a commission in case the doctor refused to comply with the patient’s request.

However several international legal texts guarantee this right to conscientious objection. These texts include Article 9 of the European Convention of Human rights and the 1763 Resolution on the right to conscientious objection in medical care, adopted by the Council of Europe on October 7, 2010.

Ms. Andrea Popescu, legal expert for the European Center for Law and Justice (ECLJ) in Strasbourg, the seat of the European Court of Human Rights, will discuss the legal and ethical implications related to the effective exercise of the right to conscientious objection. Ms. Popescu will also examine the state of jurisprudence on conscientious objection in the European Court of Human Rights.