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Law school co‑hosts second international conference on end‑of‑€‘life issues

Posted by Tom Mason on September 26, 2017 in News
A well-attended opening conference panel at Halifax Central Library’s Paul O’Regan Hall. (Tom Mason photo)
A well-attended opening conference panel at Halifax Central Library’s Paul O’Regan Hall. (Tom Mason photo)

The journey to Bill C-14, Canada’s Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) law, is one of the most turbulent legal battles in the country’s history. The history of that journey was the subject of a lively panel discussion at the Halifax Central Library that kicked off the second International Conference on End of Life Law, Ethics and Practice, which took place from September 13 to 15.

The conference was hosted by Dalhousie’s Health Law Institute, the Australian Centre for Health Law Research at the Queensland University of Technology and the Dutch- and Belgian-based International Collaborative for End of Life Care Research. Presenters over the two-day conference included Dalhousie professors Christine Chambers (Departments of Pediatrics and Psychology and Neuroscience), Jocelyn Downie (Faculties of Law and Medicine), Adelina Iftene (Faculty of Law) and Kenneth Rockwood (Department of Medicine).

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