Informed consent in medical law in the Romanian legal system. A comparative law perspective


  • Camelia Mihaila "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University, Iasi, Romania



This paper aims to analyse the principle of consent in the medical act from a comparative law perspective. While the introduction gives a brief presentation of the definition of consent from the perspective of legal doctrine, the content of the paper analyses some legislative landmarks in the Romanian legal system, as well as in the French and Spanish legal systems. Consent is one of the basic principles of modern medical bioethics and an essential element of the validity of the medical contract, ensuring respect for human dignity and protection of the patient's bodily integrity. While Romanian law is based more on the idea of information, Spanish law analyses consent from the point of view of a personalist right, including it in the short list of personal rights enshrined in Law 1/1982 on the protection of honour, image and privacy. French law, on the other hand, has a long history of case law regulating consent in medical acts, with the Teysier and Mercier cases being worth mentioning.