Openness to the "right to die" of international, foreign, and Philippine laws

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Master's Thesis

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Juris Doctor

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College of Law



Thesis Advisor

Ricardo A. Sunga III

Defense Panel Chair

Theodore Te

Defense Panel Member

Rebecca Khan
Richard Torreja


For so long, the right to die has garnered negative views. This is especially in states where euthanasia is allowed. In some tribunals, judgment has been passed that the right to die outright contravenes the constitutional right to life. This is due to the little information most have of other expressions of the right to die. These come in the forms of advance medical directives, living wills, and refusing life support to name a few. Despite being a concept leaning towards the medical practice, the “right to die” encompasses a broad set of values including human dignity, self-determination, avoidance of unwanted infringement of bodily integrity and even the right to privacy. Though despite putting the value of the patient or individual’s rights at the forefront of various laws, there is still uncertainty when it comes to proposing legislation as well as the implementation of existing laws in countries that champion or give effect to such right. The aim of this study if to prove the consistency of the right to die with international, foreign, and Philippine laws.

This study aims to show that the right to die is in line with the principles provided for in the 1987 Constitution , as well as other relevant Philippine laws and international treaties, and foreign laws that are similar with the Philippines, through an analysis of the philosophical principles underlying them.

Upon proving consistency, and exposition of implemented laws and expressions in support of the right to die shall be provided for by the researcher. In conclusion of the study, the researcher hopes to provide a legal basis that is in line with the principles of international, foreign, and Philippine law. This study hopes to give future legislators and courts the confidence when considering the reasonableness and legal feasibility of the right to die as a right or as a defense.

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Right to die—Law and legislation

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