oa South African Journal of Bioethics and Law - Persons, Parts and Property. How Should We Regulate Human Tissue in the 21st Century?, Imogen Goold, Kate Greasly, Jonathan Herring and Loane Skene : book review

Volume 8 Number 2
  • ISSN : 1999-7639



With rapid strides made in scientific and technological advances, it is inevitable that questions as to whether human body parts possess property rights have surfaced, especially over the past four decades. This debate has been the subject matter of not only the courts (in particular, the Anglo-Australian courts), but also of academic literature, with , legal academics, philosophers, ethicists, and sociologists contributing to the differing opinions on the issue. While court decisions and statutory regulation in some jurisdictions have resulted in some acceptance of limited property rights in some kinds of tissue, this has remained an extremely disputed subject on all sides of the body-ownership argument.

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