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Resolving disagreement: a multi-jurisdictional comparative analysis of disputes about children’s medical care

Auckland, Cressida ORCID: 0000-0002-4376-0013 and Goold, Imogen (2020) Resolving disagreement: a multi-jurisdictional comparative analysis of disputes about children’s medical care. Medical Law Review, 28 (4). 643 - 674. ISSN 0967-0742

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Identification Number: 10.1093/medlaw/fwaa020

Abstract

Recently, the English courts have dealt with a number high-profile, emotive disputes over the care of very ill children, including Charlie Gard, Alfie Evans, and Tafida Raqeeb. It is perhaps fair to say such cases have become a regular feature of the courts in England. But is the situation similar in other jurisdictions? If not, are there lessons to be learned from these jurisdictions that do not seem to need to call on judges to resolve these otherwise intractable disputes? We argue that many of the differences we see between jurisdictions derive from cultural and social differences manifesting in both the legal rules in place, and how the various parties interact with, and defer to, one another. We further argue that while recourse to the courts is undesirable in many ways, it is also indicative of a society that permits difference of views and provides for these differences to be considered in a public manner following clear procedural and precedential rules. These are the hallmarks of a liberal democracy that allows for pluralism of values, while still remaining committed to protecting the most vulnerable parties in these disputes-children facing life-limiting conditions.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://academic.oup.com/medlaw
Additional Information: © 2020 The Authors
Divisions: Law
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA1001 Forensic Medicine. Medical jurisprudence. Legal medicine
K Law > K Law (General)
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2020 11:48
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 04:10
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/106970

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