Seminar: What does the practice of Psychiatric Euthanasia/Assisted Suicide (EAS) have to do with the UK debate over Physician-Assisted Suicide?

Friday 14 September, 2018, 12.00 – 1.30 pm.

King’s College London, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Main Building, Seminar Room 3 (Denmark Hill campus).

Speaker: Dr Scott Kim, MD, PhD, Senior Investigator in the Department of Bioethics, National Institutes of Health, Washington DC. He will speak on the topic:

‘What does the practice of Psychiatric Euthanasia/Assisted Suicide (EAS) have to do with the UK debate over Physician-Assisted Suicide?’

A brief response will be given by English barrister and legal academic Alex Ruck Keene, and the discussion will be opened to the floor.

Dr Kim has written:

“This presentation will describe different conceptions of euthanasia/ assisted suicide (EAS) that have been adopted in various jurisdictions around the world, provide an overview of psychiatric EAS where it is legal or debated, and consider the implications for the UK debate over physician-assisted suicide.  Rather than being a remote and unrelated topic, psychiatric EAS is an issue that any regime of physician-assisted death will need to address.”

Dr. Kim is a psychiatrist (MD, Harvard; training at Massachusetts General Hospital) and a philosopher (PhD, University of Chicago) who combines philosophical, clinical, and empirical research approaches to address a variety of ethical issues (ethical issues in pragmatic clinical trials, assessment of decision-making capacity, surrogate consent for incapacitated patients, theory and practice of informed consent, and physician assisted death). Dr. Kim’s work has been supported by various NIH institutes (NIMH, NINDS, NIA, NHGRI) and foundations (Michael J. Fox Foundation, American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, and the Greenwall Foundation). His work has appeared in New England Journal of Medicine, Nature, JAMA, and other key journals.  His book Evaluation of Capacity to Consent to Treatment and Research (Oxford, 2010) was recently translated into Japanese.  He currently serves on the Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on Medical Assistance in Dying.
More information can be found at his website:
If you plan to attend, please email felix.warnock[at]

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