Law and Bioethics: A Rights-Based Relationship and Its Troubling Implications

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This chapter explores the relationship between law and bioethics and calls for a careful evaluation of the law's contributions to bioethics. It argues that while the law contributed extensively to the development of bioethics, it introduced a language and a way of thinking that are not necessarily appropriate to handle and resolve bioethical issues, and which, in a significant portion of cases, was irrelevant and had little impact on decision-making and behavioural patterns of patients.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLaw and Bioethics
Subtitle of host publicationCurrent Legal Issues
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191721113
ISBN (Print)9780199545520
StatePublished - 2 Oct 2008
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© Oxford University Press, 2008. All rights reserved.


  • Bioethics
  • Law
  • Medical ethics
  • Rights

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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