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The article clarifies principles, provisions and shortcomings of regulating advance decisions with a view to current regulatory approaches in Germany. The legal framework of instructional directives has been fundamentally amended in 2009. But recent cases illustrate some of the difficulties that arise and several decisions of the highest courts have reopened controversial discussions. The article argues that both the making and the implementation of advance directives involve decisions made under conditions of uncertainty. Regulations must be and are already quite complex. Even so, problems are predictable if advance decisions are not embedded in a broader context of advance care planning.

In: European Journal of Health Law