Palliative Cares as Human Rights: A Justification in the Light of Biolaw

  • Marisa AizenbergEmail author
Part of the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine book series (LIME, volume 78)


In this chapter, the author addresses the necessity to recognize Palliative Care as a human right, which means to endow it with two essential characteristics: its enforceability, that is, the punishability of those acts that ignore and/or skip it: and its universality regardless of individual conditions of people. Hence, the State must be the guarantor not only of the right to health but of the complete state of well-being as referred by the World Health Organization. Her conclusion is that denying palliative care to a patient, or not contemplating it as a certain and appropriate option in the health care system, imputes to the State a particular international responsibility, with consequent sanctions that could be applied.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Buenos AiresBuenos AiresArgentina

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