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1. Guillod, O, Schmidt, A.Assisted suicide under Swiss law. European Journal of Health Law 2005;12(1):2538, at 26.

2. Switzerland, Bosshard G.. In: Griffiths, J, Weyers, H, eds. Euthanasia and Law in Europe. Oxford: Hart; 2008:463–81.

3. Ziegler, S, Bosshard, G.Role of non-governmental organisations in physician assisted suicide. British Medical Journal 2007;334:295–8.

4. Fischer, S, Huber, CA, Imhof, L, Mahrer Imhof, R, Furter, M, Ziegler, SJ, Bosshard, G.Suicide assisted by two Swiss right-to-die organisations. Journal of Medical Ethics 2008;34(11):810–14.

5. See note 1, Guillod, Schmidt 2005, at 29; Hurst, S, Mauron, A.Assisted suicide and euthanasia in Switzerland: Allowing a role for non-physicians. British Medical Journal 2003;326:271–3.

6. Pfister, E, Biller-Andorno, N.The reception and implementation of ethical guidelines of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences in medical and nursing practice. Swiss Medical Weekly 2010;140:160–7; available at (last accessed 31 Dec 2012).

7. Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences. Guidelines. Care of patients in the end of life; 2004; available at (last accessed 31 Dec 2012).

8. See the Exit website: (last accessed 31 Dec 2012).

9. See the Dignitas website: (last accessed 31 Dec 2012).

10. Ledig, M, Samuel, HSwiss suicide group operates in car parks. The Telegraph 2007 Nov 9; Konnolly, K.Dignitas attacked for new assisted-suicide method. The Guardian 2008 Mar 21; Euthanasia group Dignitas films gas and plastic bag deaths. Daily Mail 2008 Mar 19.

11. Hall, A.Cashing in on despair? Suicide clinic Dignitas is a profit obsessed killing machine, claims ex-worker. The Mail 2009 Jan 25.

12. Zurich Administrative Court, 3rd Chamber, 15 July 1999.

13. Federal Court, 11 June 2009, Decision 6B_48/2009.

14. Ragenbass, R, Kuhn, H.L’aide au suicide n’est pas un droit humain. Bulletin des médecins suisses 2007;88(11):455–6.

15. British conductor dies with wife at assisted suicide clinic. The Guardian 2009 July 14; available at (last accessed 28 Feb 2013).

16. Federal Court, 12 Apr 2010, Decision 2C_9/2010.

17. European Court of Human Rights, Haas v. Switzerland, 20 Jan 2011. Application N° 31322/07.

18. Federal Court, 24 June 2008, Decision 2C_191/2008.

19. Federal Court, 1 Apr 2009, Decision 2C_839/2008.

20. Dryer C. Swiss parliament may try to ban “suicide tourism.” British Medical Journal 2003;326:242.

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