Voluntary assisted dying and discrimination on the basis of state residence

Date & time
1–2pm Wednesday 11 August 2021
Venue

Phillipa Weeks Staff Library, ANU College of Law, Building 7, Room 7.4.1., 6 Fellows Road, Acton, ACT 2601

Speakers
Associate Professor Amelia Simpson
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ANU College of Law Research Seminar

Part of the ANU College of Law Research Seminar Series 2021 series

Voluntary assisted dying and discrimination on the basis of state residence

Four Australian states – Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania and South Australia – now permit voluntary assisted dying (VAD) in limited circumstances and more may follow. One controversial feature of all four schemes is that access is restricted to patients who have been resident in the providing state for at least 12 months.

This seminar by Associate Professor Amelia Simpson examines the possible justifications for restricting access to VAD and the potential for challenge under Section 117 of the Australian Constitution, which proscribes discrimination on the basis of out-of-state residence.

Speakers

  • Associate Professor Amelia Simpson »

    Associate Professor Amelia Simpson is one of Australia’s leading scholars of discrimination and equality principles in constitutional law. Her published research on interstate free trade doctrine has been cited and quoted with approval by pluralities in Australia’s High Court and Federal Court.

    Amelia’s wider body of research has been cited extensively within the writings of other leading public law scholars and she was ranked in the top 20 most prolific publishers in Australia’s highest quality law journals over the period 2000-2010.

    Amelia is an author of Hanks Australian Constitutional Law: Materials and Commentary (2016, LexisNexis), an invited contributor to the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of the Australian Constitution, edited by Cheryl Saunders and Adrienne Stone, and is also contributing to the forthcoming Australian Constitutional Values collection edited by Rosalind Dixon.

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