This lecture by Professor John Keown was delivered at the Bios Centre launch event on 18th December 2019.

Professor Keown addresses three common areas of incoherence in bioethics and law:

  • Calibration of protection of human life according to arbitrary stages of development, eg: birth, viability, implantation
  • Withholding of treatment from incompetent patients with the aim of shortening their lives
  • Intentionally assisting suicidal refusals of treatment, or permitting physician assisted suicide for the terminally ill.

The recent publication Professor Keown mentions in the lecture:
Philosophical Foundations of Medical Law (Oxford University Press)


The ethical incoherence of the law with respect to the beginning and end of life

Professor John Keown