Use this URL to cite or link to this record in EThOS:
Title: Moral luck and the Good Samaritan : law, morality, and the duty/protection of volunteer rescuers
Author: Maydon, Gary
ISNI:       0000 0004 6353 0201
Awarding Body: Birkbeck, University of London
Current Institution: Birkbeck (University of London)
Date of Award: 2017
Availability of Full Text:
Access from EThOS:
Access from Institution:
This Thesis has been prompted by a concern for the position of First Aid volunteers (as Good Samaritans) who, when responding to emergencies act as Rescuers. The project essentially considers the concept of Rescue and particularly the Failure to Rescue as a very important sub-set of the jurisprudence of Omissions. It explores the unusual factors at play in relation to Rescues and uses these as a means to re-examine some of the elements in the persistent confrontation of Law and Morality. It asks especially whether there is a fundamental Duty to Rescue? and if so, the nature of that Duty?. Is it a legal duty (Criminal and/or Civil) or is it simply a moral duty? or is there no duty at all? The question of how Moral Luck impinges in this area is specifically examined given the wide ranging factors that come together to create a Rescue situation (most, or many, of which are entirely matters of luck - and ill luck at that). From a review of previous literature, the concept of Rescue does not appear to have featured to any significant degree in the debates about Law and Morality, and, in particular, the question of whether and to what extent Moral Luck should influence the Duty to Rescue appears to be an original line of enquiry. The project also reviews the current position in relation to English Law and compares this in outline to the position in some other leading Western jurisdictions. It also looks at various initiatives relating to the law of negligence in England & Wales and considers the degree to which volunteer rescuers are/ should be protected under English Law. The project hypothesises that a specific ‘Good Samaritan Law’ is required to protect volunteer rescuers, despite the very recent enactment of the ‘Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Act 2015’.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available