Thursday, 22 September 2016, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Barnard's Inn Hall

To Die or Not to Die: That is the Question

Sir Alan Ward

When Hamlet posed the like question as he contemplated suicide, he faced the voyage to ‘the undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveller returns’. Similar dread was faced by judges when considering the possibility of a death sentence, due to the awesome finality of such a judgment. Even after the abolition of the death penalty, life and death decisions still have to be made by judges, such as whether a very seriously mentally disabled baby should be allowed to die rather than be force-fed, or in the case of the conjoined twins where the stark issue before the court was whether it would be lawful to kill one to save the other.


No reservations are required for this lecture. It will be run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture.
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Sir Alan Ward is a former judge of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales. In 1995, he was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal and reached mandatory retirement in 2013.

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22 September 2016

To Die or Not to Die: That is the Question
Sir Alan Ward

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