Call for Abstracts

CLOSed on 8 april 2018

Abstracts received are currently being considered and correspondence will be entered into with all applicants by no later than Wednesday, 11 April. The full list of speakers will be announced on this page on Thursday, 12 April.

Sincere thanks to all who submitted abstracts.


Plenary line-up

The plenary sessions feature some of the world’s most distinguished scientists, professors, legal minds, and medical professionals in the right-to-die movement. 

This is not the complete list of plenary speakers. Additional plenary speakers are being confirmed and will be announced soon. Also note that speakers, presentation titles and the programme are subject to change.

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deborah ziegler, Keynote speaker

Make Your Voice Heard

Deborah Ziegler, mother of Brittany Maynard, will focus her talk on the power of personal stories and the challenges being faced in the USA.

Deborah holds a BA in Secondary education and taught for 15 years in both of her majors, English and Science. She received her MA in Science Education in California. Ziegler started a successful woman-owned engineering company after retiring from her teaching career.

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Assisted Dying and Religion: The Sanctity of Living, Rather than Life

Jacques Rousseau is founder and chairman of the Free Society Institute (FSI), and lectures in the School of Management Studies, University of Cape Town (UCT). During his 15 years of service on the academic staff at UCT, he has served or is serving on various committees including Council, Senate, Senate Executive, and the Academic Freedom Committee. Rousseau has several publications and research reports, and is a regular contributor to national debates in the public sphere through op-eds, columns, and television or radio interviews.

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Professor Willem Landman holds degrees from the Universities of Stellenbosch, Oxford (Rhodes Scholar) and South Africa in philosophy, political philosophy, theology and law. He was professor of medical ethics at the University of North Carolina, founding CEO of the Ethics Institute, Ethics Advisor to the Global Fund in Geneva, chaired the Africa Ethics Board of PwC, and, although now formally "retired", he is still Professor Extraordinaire in the department of philosophy at the University of Stellenbosch (since 2000). Prof. Landman has published extensively on decisions at the end of life (among others an eBook in Switzerland on ethics and law relating to end-of-life decisions in South Africa), was involved with bringing the Stransham-Ford case to the North Gauteng High Court, and made several submissions to the SAL(R)C on end-of-life decisions in the late 90s. He has served on the Executive Committee of Dignity SA since its inception