Reykjavik, Iceland, 15 September 2017Should end of life care for incurable ill patients include the possibility of euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide? Assisted death or euthanasia are not allowed in any of the Nordic countries, however, surveys show that an increased proportion of the public supports this.
The conference will address how the Nordic countries can learn from the experience on assisted death in Europe and North America. The conference aims to reach medical professionals, policy makers and academics, and will be organised in cooperation with the Centre for Ethics at the University of Iceland. The conference will take place at the University of Iceland.Registration for the conference is now open! Please register before 23 August 2017.
Please note that the seminar is free of charge, but participants pay their own travel and accommodation costs.
08.15-09.00 Registration and coffee
09.00-09.15 Opening, welcome
The experience from Canada, Netherlands, Belgium and Oregon.
09:15-09.45 Theo Boer, Professor of Ethics, The Protestant Theological University Groningen, Thirty Years of Euthanasia
09.45-10.15 Wayne Sumner, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto,Physician-Assisted Dying: Some Lessons from Canada
10:15-10.45 Anthony Back, Professor of Oncology, University of Washington, Oregon, Clinical Experience with Death with Dignity in Washington and Oregon
10.45-11.15 Coffee and tea
11.15-11:45 Joris Vandenberghe, Professor of Psychiatry, Leuven University, Belgium, Euthanasia in psychiatry: lessons from Belgium
11.45-12.30 Panel discussion
Debating Euthanasia in the Nordic countries
13.30-14.00 Mette Hartlev, Professor in Health law, Copenhagen University, In whose best interest? Blurred principles in Danish law on end of life decisions.
14.00-14.30 Rurik Löfmark, Associate Professor of medical ethics, Lund University and Karolinska Institute, Are Swedish physicians prepared to assist severely ill patients to suicide? Will this jeopardize trust in medical services?
14.30-15.00 Salvör Nordal, Director, Centre for Ethics, University of Iceland, Preparing for the euthanasia debate in Iceland
15.00-15.30 Morten Horn, Consultant in neurology, Oslo University Hospital and researcher at the Center for Medical Ethics, University of Oslo, Clear, fair and safe: Is it possible to legalize assisted death?
15.30-16.00 Coffee and tea
16.00-16.30 Auli Vahakangas, Professor in Pastoral theology, University of Helsinki, Arguments for and against Euthanasia in Finland
16.30-17.00 Ingemar Engström, MD, Professor, Örebro University, Facts and values in the Swedish debate on euthanasia
17.00-17.30 Erna Haraldsdóttir, Director of Education and Research and Senior Lecturer, St Columba's Hospice & Queen Margaret University, The euthanasia debate and implications for palliative care practice
17.30-18.15 Panel discussion