Legal problems relating to active euthanasia and criminal liability according to the Thai Penal Code

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Wasin Suwannarat
Phongsak Jehphong
Surinrat Kaewtong


This research examines (1) To study the legal issues related to active euthanasia in Thai law. (2) To compare interesting foreign laws concerning active euthanasia. (3)To explore approaches to active euthanasia that are appropriate for the Thai social context.

This research found that the strongest argument for passing legislation for active euthanasia is that it could potentially provide an opportunity for those suffering from an incurable and painful condition to end their lives in dignity and peace. In addition, it could also help to reduce the economic burden of providing end-of-life care for those with terminal illnesses. Furthermore, it could also provide those who are terminally ill with the ability to choose when and how they die.

On the other hand, there are a number of potential risks associated with passing legislation for active euthanasia. For example, there is the risk of coercion, as those who are terminally ill may feel pressured to end their lives prematurely. There is also the risk of misuse, as assisted suicide and active euthanasia could be used to end the lives of those who are not terminally ill but merely depressed or in pain. Finally, there is the risk of abuse, as some individuals may take advantage of assisted suicide and active euthanasia in order to gain access to the assets of those who are terminally ill.

In conclusion, active euthanasia could provide an invaluable opportunity for those suffering from an incurable and painful condition to end their lives in dignity and peace. Therefore, it is clear that legislation for active euthanasia should be passed in order to ensure that individuals have the right to choose when and how they die.

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Suwannarat, W., Jehpong, P., & แก้วทอง ส. (2024). Legal problems relating to active euthanasia and criminal liability according to the Thai Penal Code. CRRU Law, Political Science and Social Science Journal, 8(1), 134–157. Retrieved from
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Wasin Suwannarat, Faculty of Law, Prince of Songkla University



Phongsak Jehphong, Faculty of Law, Prince of Songkla University




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