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England: Permission to Appeal Granted in Case Requiring Court Order for Puberty-Blocking Treatment for Transgender Teenagers

(Mar. 19, 2021) On January 18, 2021, the High Court in England granted the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust permission to appeal a High Court ruling that children under 16 cannot give informed consent to receive puberty-blocking treatments, which effectively stopped both treatment and referrals for children under the age of 16 to the trust’s […]

Spain: Bill on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Approved by Congress of Deputies, Moves to Senate for Consideration

(Feb. 9, 2021) On December 17, 2020, Bill No. 46-7 on the Organic Law to Regulate Euthanasia was approved by the Plenary of the Spanish Congress of Deputies (lower house) with 198 votes in favor, 138 against, and two abstentions. The bill will now move to the Senate for consideration, where it is likely to […]

Argentina: Senate Passes Bill Legalizing Abortion

(Jan. 7, 2021) On December 30, 2020, Argentina’s Senate passed a bill legalizing abortion until the 14th week of pregnancy. The vote, which took place after a 12-hour debate, saw 38 senators supporting the bill, 29 opposing it, and one abstaining. The new law establishes the conditions under which a woman may voluntarily terminate a […]

Australia: Bills Banning Conversion Therapy Enacted in Two Jurisdictions

(Sept. 25, 2020) Two Australian jurisdictions recently enacted legislation banning practices that seek to change a person’s sexual or gender identity, often referred to as “conversion therapy.” The government of the state of Victoria has also committed to prohibiting such practices, releasing a discussion document seeking public comment on legislative options in October 2019. Queensland […]

Germany: Constitutional Court Strikes Down Provision Criminalizing Commercial Assisted Suicide

(Apr. 29, 2020) On February 26, 2020, the German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht, BVerfG) held that the provision in the German Criminal Code criminalizing commercial assisted suicide is unconstitutional. The Court stated that the general right of personality encompasses a right to a self-determined death, which includes the freedom to take one’s own life as […]

Israel: Ministry of Health Issues Guidelines on Use of Cameras in COVID-19 Hospital Units

(Apr. 28, 2020) On April 6, 2020, Israel’s Ministry of Health (MOH) issued the Camera-Corona Directive (CCD), providing guidelines for the use of cameras in hospital units caring for COVID-19 patients. According to the CCD, care for coronavirus patients requires rigorous patient monitoring as the condition of such patients can deteriorate rapidly. Their treatment also […]

UAE: Court Orders Doctors to Pay Blood Money to Patient’s Family

(Apr. 16, 2019) On March 29, 2019, the United Arab Emirates Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi upheld the rulings of a criminal court of first instance and an appellate court to grant the family of a deceased patient the right to receive blood money. The Federal Supreme Court issued a decision ordering two Asian […]

Australia: Queensland Enacts Historic Human Rights Legislation

(Mar. 6, 2019) On February 27, 2019, the Queensland Parliament passed the Human Rights Bill 2018 (Qld), making it the third jurisdiction in Australia to enshrine human rights protections in such legislation. (Human Rights Bill 2018 (Qld), Queensland Parliament website; Jack Maxwell, A Human Rights Act for Queensland, OXFORD HUMAN RIGHTS HUB (Nov. 26, 2018).) […]

Belgium: Report Reveals Euthanasia Commission Authorized Euthanasia of Three Minors in 2016–17

(Oct. 29, 2018) Belgium has the world’s only law allowing terminally ill minors in “unbearable suffering” to choose to die. (Henry Samuel, Belgium Authorized Euthanasia of a Terminally Ill Nine and 11-Year-Old in Youngest Cases Worldwide, TELEGRAPH (Aug. 7, 2018).) According to a report published on July 17, 2018, by the Commission fédérale de Contrôle […]