Esther Pans

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+31 20 59 85796
faculteit der rechtsgeleerdheid/faculty of law ( privaatrecht )

Curriculum vitae
Esther Pans obtained a doctorate from VU University in 2006 with a dissertation on the Euthanasia Act. She has been in practice as an attorney since 2006. As an attorney she is specialized in health care law, medical disciplinary law and medical liability law.

She works in the Health Care Team of Kennedy Van der Laan and, in addition, since 2006 she is working at the Private Law Section of VU University Amsterdam, where she gives guest lectures in health care law. Since 1 October 2015, for one day a week Esther is participating as a researcher in a legal study of VU University into the legal position of incapacitated people, such as older people with dementia, psychiatric patients and mentally handicapped persons.

Besides, since 2014 Esther is a member lawyer of the Regional Medical Disciplinary Tribunal (Regionaal Tuchtcollege voor de Gezondheidszorg) in Amsterdam and as per 1 January 2016 she is a general board member of the end-of-life clinic foundation Stichting Levenseindekliniek in The Hague.

Educational activities
Health Law

Research activities
To publish, teach and give lectures on the topics of the legal position of incompetent adults, the assessment of incompetency and the legal context of end-of-life decisions, such as euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide.

End-of-life decisions, such as euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, competency, medical disciplinary law, medical liability, patients’ rights, doctor patient confidentiality, living wills.

Main publication(s)

  • Dissertation: ‘The Normative Bases of Dutch Euthanasia Act’, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 2006.

VU University Amsterdam-publications

Principal address
VU University Amsterdam
Faculteit of Law
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam 

T +31 20 59 89898