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Southampton law academic on BBC radio

Published: 16 December 2013

Head of the Southampton Law School, Professor Hazel Biggs, has appeared on BBC radio talking about how the Supreme Court will operate when it hears a significant 'right to die' legal case.

The case was launched by Tony Nicklinson who had locked-in syndrome after suffering a stroke; he died of natural causes at his home in Wiltshire in 2012. Paul Lamb, who was paralysed in a car crash, is also involved in the action which is being continued by Mr Nicklinson’s widow Jane. The campaigners want changes to the law so people can be allowed to die with the aid of a doctor.

Questioned by presenter Ben Prater on the BBC Wiltshire breakfast show, Hazel explained how the Supreme Court considers such complex cases and its role in the justice system of England and Wales.

Hazel is a member of the Law School’s Health Ethics and Law (HEAL) research centre which examines a range of issues surrounding life, death, disease and well-being.

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