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The Right To Life – Legal And Political Foundations

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Life is tantamount to human existence. First of all, a human being must be present in the world before being able to fill in a space where he/she can unfold and assert his/her identity. Life is the foundation of man as an individual and as a member of society. This introductory chapter of this book, discusses whether the right to life has been duly taken into account in the interpretation and application of the rules of a number of special regimes, in particular international humanitarian law (IHL) and other regimes - like the rules on police enforcement action - which touch directly upon the enjoyment of the right to life. It focuses on the many issues of bioethics which have risen to prominence in recent years.

Keywords: bioethics; international humanitarian law (IHL); right to life



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