Conclusion: The Right to Life and Conflicting Interests

Elizabeth Wicks

in The Right to Life and Conflicting Interests

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199547395
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594373 | DOI:
Conclusion: The Right to Life and Conflicting Interests

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This final chapter concludes by summarising the circumstances in which the right to life may conflict with, and be outweighed by, other interests. It focuses upon the vital distinction between positive and negative obligations under the right to life and argues that the very limited circumstances in which the state’s negative duty not to kill can be outweighed are only justifiable on the basis of saving human life.

Keywords: positive obligations; negative obligations; balancing exercise

Chapter.  4349 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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