Journal article

Legal rights in human bodies, body parts and tissue

Loane Skene

JOURNAL OF BIOETHICAL INQUIRY | SPRINGER | Published : 2007

Abstract

This paper outlines the current common law principles that protect people's interests in their bodies, excised body parts and tissue without conferring the rights of full legal ownership. It does not include the recent statutory amendments in jurisdictions such as New South Wales and the United Kingdom. It argues that at common law, people do not own their own bodies or excised bodily material. People can authorise the removal of their bodily material and its use, either during life or after their death, for medical or scientific purposes. Researchers who acquire human bodies, body parts or tissue pursuant to such an authority have a right to possess and use them according to the authorisati..

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