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21 October - 17 November
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Well-being at the End: Time to reform the law on assisted dying

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Lifelong wellbeing theme

What’s on offer?

Have you ever wondered how old laws are changed and new ones made? Do the public feed into the process? Do law-makers use research from society to change laws?

Discover how laws are reformed in a one day participatory event at Leicester Law School, where you will experience the creation of a new law. 

In the morning  Researchers will engage participants in contemporary debates, and explain legal controversies surrounding assisted dying.  Participants will be invited to join a stakeholder panel (religious organisation, patient-rights organisation, campaigning group in favour, a researcher group, etc.) and actively take part in researching the views of that group in favour or against assisted dying, later reporting the interests of that group to a wider panel discussion of mock Law Commissioners. These reports will inform the Parliamentary Bill participants will debate in the afternoon, to ensure their voices are heard.

For the afternoon session, participants will be introduced to the legislative process and a proposed Parliamentary Bill that will be debated in a Young Persons' Parliament format with participants finally coming together to vote on a piece of legislation.

What’s it about?

If you are interested in justice or debating pressing social issues, this is a great opportunity! This event will help you develop your skills in group work, debating and critical analysis. You will also learn about the law in an exciting area which is the subject of a world-wide public and expert debate!

No experience is necessary as participants will be supported by staff and student ambassadors throughout the day.

Who’s leading the event?

The event will be led by University of Leicester Law School academics: Dr Nataly Papadopoulou, Edward Jones, Dr Clark Hobson

Open to

Young people aged 16 to 21.  

Of particular interest to

This event will be of particular interest to young people who are:

  • deciding about going to University.
  • considering a degree in the social sciences.
  • studying Law, Government and Politics, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Sociology for GSCE/A Level
  • Interested in the subject matter, governmental