Voluntary Assisted Dying

Voluntary Assisted Dying

Law? Health? Justice?

Edited by: Daniel J Fleming orcid, David J Carter orcid

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Since the introduction of voluntary assisted dying in 2019, a ‘new moment’ in the governance of life and death has opened up within the Australian context. This new moment demands new questions be asked regarding the regime and its effects in this new era for law, health care and justice.

This collection brings together critical perspectives on voluntary assisted dying itself, and on various practices adjacent to it, including questions of state power, population ageing, the differential treatment of human and non-human animals at the time of death, the management of health care processes through silent ‘workarounds’, and the financialisation of death.

This book provides an overview of the first Australian regime, and then introduces these diverse critical views, broadening our engagement with euthanasia and voluntary assisted dying beyond the limited, but important, debates about law reform and its particular enactment in Australia.


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Feb 2022
ANU Press

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  1. The Constitution of ‘Choice’: Voluntary Assisted Dying in the Australian State of Victoria (PDF, 0.2MB)Courtney Hempton doi
  2. Palliative Care as a Necropolitical Technology (PDF, 0.2MB)Hamish Robertson and Joanne Travaglia doi
  3. Supported Decision-Making: A Good Idea in Principle but We Need to Consider Supporting Decisions about Voluntary Assisted Dying (PDF, 0.3MB)Nola M Ries and Elise Mansfield doi
  4. The Compassionate State? ‘Voluntary Assisted Dying’, Neoliberalism, and a Virtue Without an Anchor (PDF, 0.2MB)Daniel J Fleming doi
  5. The Neoliberal Rationality of Voluntary Assisted Dying (PDF, 0.2MB)Marc Trabsky doi
  6. Over the Rainbow Bridge: Animals and Euthanasia (PDF, 0.2MB)Jessica Ison doi
  7. A Desire unto Death: The Warnings of Girard and Levinas against the Sanitisation of Euthanasia (PDF, 0.2MB)Nigel Zimmermann doi
  8. Gosport Hospital, Euthanasia and Serial Killing (PDF, 0.2MB)Penny Crofts doi
  9. A Criminal Legal Biopolitics: The Case of Voluntary Assisted Dying (PDF, 0.2MB)David J Carter doi

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