Autonomy Through Family? - The Role of the Family in End-of-Life Decisions and Reproductive Medicine

Project leader: Prof. Volker Lipp, Center for Medical Law, Faculty of Law
Research Fellow: Daniel Brauer


Patient autonomy is a key concept in modern medical law. The research project explores how to determine the relation between individual autonomy and the family as proximal environment from a juridical point of view, considering the family as a trust-based social organization in the context of medical decisions. The focus here is on German Law but results from comparative law will also be included. On the one hand, the research project poses the question of the role of family members in the context of medical treatment at the end of life. On the other hand, the legal position of the partner and the unborn child concerning reproductive measures will be reflected.