Professor of Bioethics in the School of Medicine at the University of Notre Dame Australia
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
"Whatever one’s views in that regard, respect for life (a preferable term to sanctity of life to avoid religious connotations and associations) is not just a religious value, it’s a foundational value of all societies in which reasonable people would want to live, as the Charter of Rights recognizes. It is foundational to what German philosopher Jurgen Habermas calls 'the ethics of the [human] species' and I call 'human ethics', which must guide secular societies such as Canada...
Those who see all humans as having dignity just because they are human, believe that respect for life requires that we do not intentionally kill another human being or help them to kill themselves, which means that euthanasia and assisted suicide must remain legally prohibited."
Margaret Somerville, "Why Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Must Remain Legally Prohibited," Globe and Mail, Feb. 14, 2014
Experts 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:
Professor of Bioethics, School of Medicine, University of Notre Dame Australia
Samuel Gale Chair and Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 1989-2016
Professor, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, 1984-2016
Recipient, Jean Echlin Prize for Ethics in Palliative Care awarded by The deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research, Sep. 2014
Consultant, Global Programme on AIDS of the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, and United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva, among other organizations
Recipient, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Feb. 2013
Recipient, Honorary Doctorate of Sacred Letters, St. Mark’s College (Canada), 2010
Recipient, Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters, Mount Saint Vincent University, 2009
Recipient, Honorary Doctorate in Science, Ryerson University, 2006
Recipient, UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science, 2004
Recipient, Honorary Doctorates in Law, University of Windsor, 1992; Macquarie University (Australia), 1993; St. Francis Xavier University, 1996
Fellow, Royal Society of Canada, 1991; University of Waterloo, 2004
Recipient, Order of Australia, 1990
Founding Director, McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics, and Law, 1986-1996
Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, 1980-1984
DCL (Doctor of Civil Law), McGill University, 1978
LLB, with honors, Sydney University, 1973
AuA (Australian pharmacy degree), Pharmacy, University of Adelaide, 1963
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Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 1979-1984
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 1978-1979