Kill me through the phone: The legality of encouraging suicide in an increasingly digital world

Ultimately, this Note contends that the most suitable way to criminalize suicide encouragement is through clear, carefully written statutory law that is careful to take evolving technology into account and to avoid treading on the First  Amendment’s protection of speech.

Alert: the Dark Side of Chats – Internet Without Boundaries

This article was written by the father of a young Israeli man who died by suicide shortly before his twentieth birthday. Internet discussion groups – some of which provide specific information on methods of suicide – are discussed extensively, with particular reference to the lack of boundaries & rules of conduct.

Suicide in Nazi Concentration Camps, 1933-9

Combining legal, social, & political history, this article contributes to a more thorough understanding of the changing relationship between Nazi concentration camps as places of extra-legal terror & the judiciary, between Nazi terror & the law. It is argued the conflict between the judiciary & the SS was not a conflict between good & evil […]

Patriarchy on Trial: Suicide, Discipline, and Governance in Imperial Russia

Focussing on the nineteenth century, this article will show how the crime of instigating suicide emerged as part of an (inadequate) effort to correct the abuses of serfdom in Russia, but would, by the 1860s, become a (likewise inadquate) tool to regulate familial relations – specifically, the abuse of wives & children. In both periods, […]

Physician Assisted Death and Hard Choices

The Internet and its Potential Influence on Suicide


Failing Gender Justice in Anti-Dowry law


“Dowry Deaths” in Andhra Pradesh, India: Response of the Criminal Justice System

Terminality or Disability in the Kevorkian Cases?: Mercy Killers as Serial Murderers

Published in “Back to the Future: Refocusing the Image of Suicide,” ed. by J L McIntosh

A Reply to Some Standard Objections to Euthanasia

Legalised Euthanasia Will Violate the Rights of Vulnerable Patients

Preventing Suicide in Schizophrenia Inside the Family Environment

The authors argue that an important risk factor for suicide in schizophrenics that has not received enough attention so far is the role of the family in inducing suicidal behavior. They explore the influence that social stigma has on the family dynamic, & the impact this has on suicidal behavior. The need for family participation […]

Not Dead yet (IN: The Case Against Assisted Suicide, ed. by K Foley & H Hendin)

The author investigates the assisted suicide & euthanasia debate from the perspective of the disability community, citing legal examples to demonstrate how the legalization of these practices may impact people with disabilities, especially in light of continuing bias in perceptions of disabled persons. The Oregon law is specifically examined. The formal positions of a number […]

Jewish law Perspectives on Suicide and Physician-Assisted Suicide

This article explores the problem of physician-assisted death in the context of Jewish law. Part 1 addresses Jewish perspectives on living as a background to understanding Jewish law’s rules about dying. Part 2 identifies the essential Jewish law rules proscribing the taking, & prescribing the preservation, of life. Part 3 focuses on Jewish law doctrines […]

Suicidal Ideation in Virtual Support Groups

This paper is an overview of the occurrence of expressions of suicidal ideation in cyberspace communication. The areas of national and world wide communication networks with the highest expected frequency of occurrence of this phenomena are reviewed and specific occurrences discussed. Case studies from participant observations are presented. An attempt is made to clarify the […]

Physician-Assisted Suicide Under Jewish law

This article endeavors to analyze physician-assisted suicide through the prism of Jewish law. Part I of this article provides a brief introduction to Jewish law, including Jewish law perspectives on the meaning of death, personal autonomy, & the distinction between passive & active conduct. Part II examines particular Jewish law principles relevant to physician-assisted suicide […]

Making Sense of Nurses’ Role in the Prevention of Suicide in Schizophrenia

For the original article by J Pinikahana et al, please see SIEC #2004-1490

Why Girls are Driven to Suicide

This article briefly reports on research conducted into the backgrounds of adolescent girls who attempted suicide. The role of rejection & feelings of failure is discussed, and the motives reported by survivors of an attempt are explored.

Internet Chat Rooms and Suicide

The authors argue that general prohibition of suicide sites on the Internet is neither practicable nor reasonable. They suggest stricter vigilance by site owners & better promotion of prevention & help-group sites. The roles of psychiatrists, parents, & teachers in monitoring patients’/children’s Internet consumption are discussed, & the national & international legal options for preventing […]

Denial in Suicide Survivors


Why do Societies Need Suicides?

Published in “Suicide Risk & Protective Factors in the New Millennium,” ed. by O T Grad

Ellen West’s Suicide as a Case of Psychic Homicide

The purpose of the present paper is to suggest that the suicide of Ellen West, which was argued by Binswanger (1958) to have been the correct & necessary path for her to take, might more correctly be viewed as a case of psychic homicide. The author explores what this phenomenon is, & how it pertains […]

The Widow’s Suicide in Pre-Modern Korean Society

In this article, the author seeks to discover whether a tradition of widow-suicide following the death of a husband ever existed in pre-modern Korean society, through the analysis of various written accounts of the widow’s suicide over the ages. The author also explores the crucial relationship of individual case-histories of suicide to the basic elements […]