Green, Yossi. Organ Transplantation. Legislation, Ruling and Practice. Tel Aviv: Resing, 2015 (in Hebrew).
After three decades of discussions and disputes in the Knesset and the general public, two laws passed in 2008: the organ transplantation law (2008), and the respiratory brain death law (2008). Both of these laws are supposed to regulate the procedures for organ transplantation, to overcome the ongoing shortage of organs for transplantation and at the same time prevent the development of negative phenomena which are contrary to the values of the State of Israel.
This book focuses on the legal aspect of organ transplant procedure in Israel. It serves as an annotated and clear summary of the legal approach, relevant not only to jurists and lawyers, but also to an audience of “consumers” – i.e. organ donors and their families and patients awaiting transplant surgery and their families. The author analyzes the law and its provisions by each section to allow anyone interested to become familiar with the intricacies of its implications. In addition, each section is supplemented with cumulative legal knowledge, as well as remarks and reservations concerning the feasibility of the law in the future. Moreover, alongside a practical analysis, the author presents a broad picture of the substantive issues, allowing the reader to examine all the considerations taken into account before the legislator formulated the final version of the law.
The subjects discussed in the book include: the prohibition on organ trade, the feasibility of altruistic organ donation, the status of the National Transplant Center and its functions, the power of the assessment committees responsible for the permit of organ donation, the procedures for taking organs from the living and the dead, including the legal validity of that Adi cards and the “in my heart” cards. The priority procedure for patients awaiting a transplant is also examined from a critical standpoint.