Past Events and Resources

Preservation of Dignity in the Terminally Ill
Category : Seminars
Date : 24 Nov, 2022
Time : 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm (Hong Kong Time)
Venue : Online (open to all): Live Zoom Session
In person (*HKU Staff and HKU Students Only):
Philip K.H. Wong Theatre (formerly the Moot Court), 2/F,
Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong

Zoom: click
In person (*HKU Staff and HKU Students Only): click

*Only HKU Staff or HKU Students who have registered in advance and who comply with the HKU Vaccine Pass requirements may attend the seminar in person. They will be requested to arrive 15 minutes early.

The seminar: 

In the case of 
HKSAR v Kwok Wai-yin [2022] HKCFI 2989, the accused has been sentenced to one year probation for killing his cancer-stricken wife, while he himself suffered from a major depressive disorder. When Mr Justice Albert Wong sentenced the accused, he noted the tough situation of patients and helpers and mentioned that it was for the government to consider whether to orchestrate the way forward. In this webinar, a panel of scholars will discuss this case, as well as advance directives and euthanasia in a wider context. 

Biographies and Abstracts: click 

Presentation 1:
Advance Directives in Hong Kong

Ms Daisy Cheung 
Assistant Professor of Law
Deputy Director and Research Fellow at the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law, The University of Hong Kong

Presentation 2:
The Rights of the Terminally Ill Child to Respect for and Protection of Her /His Dignity and the Option of Euthanasia

Prof Jaap E. Doek 
Guest Lecturer, Leiden University
Emeritus professor of Law (Family and Juvenile Law), Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

Presentation 3:
The Rapid Expansion of Euthanasia/Assisted Suicide in Canada: A Cautionary Tale

Prof Trudo Lemmens 
Professor and Scholl Chair in Health Law and Policy of Faculty of Law, University of Toronto


Calvin W. L. Ho 
Associate Professor of Law

Co-Director, Centre for Medical Ethics and Law, Faculties of Law and Medicine
The University of Hong Kong

Gilberto K. K. Leung 
Tsang Wing-Hing Professor in Clinical Neuroscience
Co-Director of the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law, Faculties of Law and Medicine
Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning) of the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
The University of Hong Kong

The event is free of charge

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