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20 Marq. Benefits & Soc. Welfare L. Rev. 1 (2018-2019)
An Assessment of Advance Directives in China: The Coming of Age for Legal Regulation

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                     Yue An and Mimi Zou*

Advance directives (AD) are playing an increasingly important
role in end-of-life medical care and treatment in ageing societies.
A growing number of jurisdictions have introduced AD-related
laws as a component of their medical and health care regulatory
frameworks. This article presents an analytical account of why
specific regulation on ADs has yet to develop in China, the most
populous ageing society in the world. We argue that the
regulatory vacuum to date can be partly explained by limited
public demand, which can be further accounted by relatively low
public awareness as well as the influence of traditional views on
life-and-death and family relationships. Finally, we suggest that
there may be a coming of age for ADs in China in the near
future, given the growing importance of patient autonomy in
medical decision-making, promotion of the concept by advocacy
groups, expansion of hospice and palliative care, and emergent
discussions among policymakers.

*Yue An, J.D., is an attorney practicing medical law in Dentons' Shanghai office.
Mimi Zou, Ph.D., is the inaugural Fellow in Chinese Commercial Law at the
University of Oxford and a practicing solicitor in the Senior Courts of England and

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