Pater knows best: withdrawal of medical treatment from infants in Scotland.
Brown, Jonathan; Christie, Sarah
Doctor Sarah Sivers email@example.com
Academic Strategic Lead
The cases of Charlie Gard and Alfie Evans placed the withdrawal of treatment from terminally ill infants at the forefront of medical law and ethics. In the medico-legal context, Scottish court procedures materially differ from those in England. This article considers these differences in light of the possibility that a similar case might soon be called before the Scottish courts. The Court of Session would then be required to consider whether to utilise its parens patriae jurisdiction to consent to the withdrawal of treatment as if it were the parent of the infant. The operation of this jurisdiction is such that the outcome of any Scottish case cannot be said to be certain, as the Scottish courts are bound to pay more heed to parental autonomy than their English counterparts do.
BROWN, J. and CHRISTIE, S. 2020. Pater knows best: withdrawal of medical treatment from infants in Scotland. Oxford journal of legal studies [online], 40(4), pages 682-707. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1093/ojls/gqaa019
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Acceptance Date||May 11, 2020|
|Online Publication Date||Sep 3, 2020|
|Publication Date||Dec 31, 2020|
|Deposit Date||May 27, 2020|
|Publicly Available Date||Sep 4, 2022|
|Journal||Oxford journal of legal studies|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press (OUP)|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Keywords||Parens patriae; Infants; Medical treatment; Withdrawal; Best interests; Scots law|
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