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The Ethics of End-of-Life Decisions


We cordially invite you to attend the conference The Ethics of End-of-life Decisions, which will be held on September 22, 2023 at the University of Amsterdam. The conference is organized on the occasion of the publication of the new standard work on ethical and legal issues concerning end-of-life decisions, What Kind of Death, The Ethics of Determining One’s Own Death by professor Govert den Hartogh. In this book, prof. Den Hartogh considers a broad range of fundamental and practical matters – including concrete issues of legal regulation – related to end-of-life decision-making.

We are delighted to announce that the keynote speaker for this conference will be Professor Wayne Sumner, university professor emeritus of the University of Toronto. Professor Sumner is a distinguished scholar in the field of medical ethics and has made significant contributions to the understanding of ethical dilemmas concerning end-of-life decisions, including his highly acclaimed book Assisted Death, A Study in Ethics and Law (Oxford UP 2011).

In addition to Professor Sumner’s keynote address and a discussion with prof. Den Hartogh, the conference will host a series of parallel presentations on themes related to prof. Den Hartogh’s book. In the attachment you’ll find the book’s table of contents and the introduction by prof. Den Hartogh to the various chapters. At this moment it is still possible to provide a proposal for one of these sessions. If you are interested in giving a presentation, please let us know before June 21 by sending an email to, with a short description of the theme which you would like to discuss.

Papers (in English) presented at the conference will be published in a special issue of Filosofie & Praktijk (Amsterdam University Press).

By the end of June you will receive an invitation to formally register for the conference. The event is free of charge.

If you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at

We look forward to welcoming you to the conference on The Ethics of End-of-life Decisions.

Thank you for your consideration.


Warm regards,

Also on behalf of:

The Paul Scholten Centre for Jurisprudence


The ASCA Philosophy and Public Affairs seminar,


Gijs van Donselaar en Peter Rijpkema
University of Amsterdam


So please save the date:

When: September 22, 2023, 10:00-18:00h
What: Conference The Ethics of End-of-life Decisions
Where: University of Amsterdam.
Deadline for abstracts/proposals: June 21, 2023

We kindly ask you to forward this information to your colleagues, researchers and PhD students and help us in our effort to promote the conference on The Ethics of End-of-life Decisions.


Sep 22 2023


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