Last updated on: 2/2/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Nigel M. de S. Cameron, PhD Biography

Title:
President of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies
Position:
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“The naïveté of those who favor a limited euthanasia regime (starting with assistance in suicide as its softest case) should not survive a serious visit to Holland, where the legal requirement of a patient’s informed consent has all too often been disregarded.

…What we do know is that the best defense against the pro-death advocates is good medical care, with hospice and palliative options the context for excellence as lives get harder and finally draw to a conclusion. As we work and pray for true dignity in dying–for dying to be kept quite separate from killing–we should take heart that a Michigan jury decided that Kevorkian’s action was a homicide. And we should redouble our efforts to argue our case and make this verdict the turning-point which it might yet prove to be.”

“On the Conviction of Jack Kevorkian,” Dignity, Spring 2001

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to end-of-life issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to end-of-life.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President, Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies
  • Former President, Institute on Biotechnology and the Human Future, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Director, Center on Nanotechnology and Society
  • Director, Council for Biotechnology Policy
  • Chairman, Centre for Bioethics and Public Policy
  • Research Professor of Bioethics, Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Associate Dean, Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Former Provost and Distinguished Professor of Theology and Culture, Trinity International University
  • Has represented the United States as a bioethics advisor to the US delegation to the United Nations General Assembly
  • Walter C. Randall Lecture on Biomedical Ethics, American Physiological Society
  • Founder, Ethics and Medicine
Education:
  • PhD, School unknown
Other:
  • None found