“Good death” against the background of legal regulations in Poland Cover Image

„Dobra śmierć” na tle regulacji prawnych w Polsce
“Good death” against the background of legal regulations in Poland

Author(s): Anna Ewa Chodorowska, Joanna Grabowska
Subject(s): Criminal Law, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Evaluation research, Criminology, Penology
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Warmińsko-Mazurskiego w Olsztynie
Keywords: euthanasia; eytanatic murder; the right to a decent death; privileged homicide; Polish criminal laws;

Summary/Abstract: The “right to life” of every human being, understood as independent of the will of the legislator, natural law, does not find in the current legal system a contrario, the “right to die”. In Polish law, not all forms of euthanasia are punishable. First of all, euthanasia is forbidden, i.e. killing a second person under the influence of compassion caused by a severe and incurable disease and related suffering, after the thought of art. 150 of the Act of 6 June 1997, the Penal Code. This is a privileged type of murder, i.e. threatened by a more lenient criminal sanction than an ‘ordinary’ murder. For the murder of euthanasia from 3 months to 5 years of imprisonment, however, there is the possibility of extraordinary mitigation of punishment, and even waiving its imposition.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 42
  • Page Range: 173-188
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Polish