Quigley, Muireann. Self-Ownership, Property Rights, and the Human Body: A Legal and Philosophical Analysis. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018. Pp. 360. $39.99 (paper)

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Are bodies and body parts "things" which are capable of being owned and subjected to property rights? Or does the "personness" associated with living human beings survive death of, or separation from, the human source, thereby eluding traditional property paradigms? In 'Self-Ownership, Property Rights, and the Human Body', Muireann Quigley grapples with the legal and ethical implications of this conundrum, attributable to advances in biotechnology which have imbued bodies and biomaterials with potential destinies and value beyond their traditional fate of burial and worm fodder (caro data vermibus)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)402-406
Number of pages5
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021

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