Sean Davison is a Professor in the Department of Biotechnology at the University of the Western Cape. In 2010 he was arrested for murder in New Zealand after helping his terminally ill mother die. As a result of his arrest and High Court trial, he became an international campaigner for changes to the law regarding assisted dying under legally-defined criteria.
He is the founder and director of the pro-euthanasia organisation Dignity South Africa and served for five years as president of the World Federation of Right-to-Die Societies. In June 2019 he was placed under house arrest for the murder of Dr Anrich Burger, and two other assisted suicides. Upon release from house arrest in June 2022, his new book The Price of Mercy: The Right to Die with Dignity was released.