1 MA. in International Law, College of Farabi, University of Tehran, Qom, Iran

2 Assistant Prof., Department of Public and International Law, College of Farabi, University of Tehran, Qom, Iran


None of the international human rights instruments and most domestic laws have explicitly recognized the right to death. However, in the European Court of Human Rights and even some domestic Courts, according to other rights and freedoms in these documents, individuals claim to have this right and sometimes these claims lead to the recognition of this right and the change of national law. This article seeks to answer the question of whether the right to die for people has been recognized in the precedent of European Court, with the emphasis on the European Convention on Human Rights, which is the source of the right and duty for this Court. In the meantime, to what extent do governments have the power to restrict the rights and freedoms that are in fact the foundation of the right to die?


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