Mature teenagers and medical intervention revisited: a right to consent, a wrong to refuse

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This article revisits the issue of adolescent autonomy. It explores the differences between consent and refusal and analyses the problems which are encountered when age is used as the sole factor in delineating important legal rights. The paper explores why the law has developed in the way it has, highlights the consequences of the gulf which may exist between the law in theory and medicine in practice, and assesses the current status of the policy considerations which underpin the law regarding adolescents' right to consent on one hand, and the parallel right of refusal on the other.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-203
Number of pages13
JournalCommon Law World Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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