history in the making

#Assisteddying is one of the most hotly debated topics of our time and attendees will be given a unique opportunity to watch leaders in their fields debate this controversial issue. 

IS ASSISTED DYING A HUMAN RIGHT?

DATE:   Saturday, 8 September 2018
TIME:   15.00 - 17.00
VENUE: Cape Sun Hotel, Cape Town


format of debate

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FOR Speaker #1 (10 minutes)
AGAINST Speaker #1 (10 minutes)

FOR Speaker #2 (10 minutes)
AGAINST Speaker #2 (10 minutes)

Rebuttals/responses* (20 minutes)
Questions from the floor (30 - 60 minutes)

* Moderated opportunity for any of the FOUR to each other’s points


moderator

JOHN MAYTHAM

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John is the host of ‘The John Maytham Show' on Cape Talk and has racked up an impressive list of interviews including former president Nelson Mandela. John is considered to be one of the most informed and intelligent people on radio.


the "for" team

PROFESSOR WILLEM LANDMAN

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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

ANDREW FISHER

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Andrew Fisher practices business law in Cape Town. He holds a law degree and a Masters degree in philosophy from UCT and is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa. His research interests lie at the intersection of law and practical ethics, including biomedical law and ethics, and animal law and ethics.  


the "against" team

DR LIZ GWYTHER

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Dr Liz Gwyther has postgraduate qualifications in Family Practice and Palliative Medicine. She is CEO of Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA); incoming chair of the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WPCA); and a director of the following organisations - African Palliative Care Association, ehospice and Pain Society of South Africa. She is a member of the World Health Organisation ad-hoc Technical Advisory Group for palliative and long-term care.

She is a senior lecturer at the University of Cape Town where she heads the Palliative Care team within the School of Public Health and Family Medicine. She is the convener for the postgraduate programmes in Palliative Medicine and is responsible for research supervision and support for publications of the postgraduate students. Her special interests are women’s health and palliative care (in particular palliative care in HIV/AIDS) and human rights in health care.  In 2007, she was awarded the SA Medical Association’s Gender Award for Human Rights in Health and the SA Institute of Health Managers Leadership in Health Systems award.

She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Pain & Symptom Management published in the USA.

philip rosenthal

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Philip Rosenthal of Christian View Network. Full bio to follow.