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‘The Right to Die: Whose life is it anyway?’

06 July 2007

A public lecture entitled ‘The Right to Die: Whose life is it anyway?’ marked the start of Cardiff Law School's celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the Master of Laws (LL.M) Legal Aspects of Medical Practice course.

Presented by Philip Havers QC, the lecture took place on Friday 6 July and addressed the law's approach to life and death issues and the impact of the Human Rights Act.

Philip Havers is recognised as a leader in an exceptionally wide range of practice areas, in particular public law, human rights law, clinical negligence, health law, environmental law, personal injury law, breach of confidence and contempt of court. He has appeared in many eminent cases in these fields, for example, R (on the application of Rogers) v Swindon NHS Primary Care Trust, R (on the application of AXON) (Claimant) v Secretary of State for Health, and Gregg v Scott.

Educated at Eton College and Corpus Christi College Cambridge, Philip Havers has had numerous publications including, significantly, ‘An Introduction to Human Rights and the Common Law’ (general editor and contributor), Hart 2000. He is a Deputy High Court Judge, Council Member of Justice and a Bencher of Inner Temple. At the Chambers and Partners Bar Awards in 2006, he was voted Silk of the Year for "Human Rights and Public Law". He is also an accredited mediator.

The Masters was established in 1987. The anniversary weekend (6 and 7 July) included a ‘teaching and practice’ day, with topical lectures and an update on the School and course developments over the last twenty years, and a Gala dinner for alumni and current students.

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