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Persons, Parts and Property

How Should we Regulate Human Tissue in the 21st Century?

Editor(s): Imogen Goold, Kate Greasley, Jonathan Herring, Loane Skene
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Published: 25-09-2014
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Edition: 1st
Extent: 346
ISBN: 9781782254782
Imprint: Hart Publishing
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About Persons, Parts and Property

The debate over whether human bodies and their parts should be governed by the laws of property has accelerated with the pace of technological change. Having long held that a corpse could not be property, the common law first recognised that there could be a property interest in human tissue in some circumstances in the early 1900s, but it was not until a string of judicial decisions and statutory regulation in the 1990s and early 2000s that the place of this 'exception' was cemented. The 2009 decision of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales in Yearworth & Ors v North Bristol NHS Trust added a new dimension to the debate by supporting a move towards a broader, more principled basis for finding (or rejecting) property rights in human tissue. However, the law relating to property rights in human bodies and their parts remains highly contested. The contributions in this volume represent a collation of the broad spectrum of analyses on offer, and provide a detailed exploration of the salient legal and theoretical puzzles arising out of the body-as-property question.

Table Of Contents

1. Introduction Imogen Goold, Kate Greasley, Jonathan Herring and Loane Skene
2. Impressions on the Body, Property and Research Dianne Nicol, Don Chalmers, Rebekah McWhirter and
Joanne Dickinson
3. The Problems of Biobanking and the Law of Gifts Cameron Stewart, Wendy Lipworth, Lorena Aparicio,
Jennifer Fleming and Ian Kerridge
4. Unintended Side Effects of the National Health Service Thomas Krebs
5. Public Umbilical Cord Blood Banking and Charitable Trusts Cameron Stewart, Lorena Aparicio, Wendy Lipworth and Ian Kerridge
6. Property Rights in the Human Body: Commodification and Objectification Kate Greasley
7. Property Rights in Human Biological Material Simon Douglas
8. The Boundaries of Property Law Jesse Wall
9. Abandonment and Human Tissue Imogen Goold
10. Cadavers, Body Parts and the Remedial Problem Remigius N Nwabueze
11. Alternatives to a Corporate Commons: Biobanking, Genetics and Property in the Body Donna Dickenson


“ absolutely exceptional book by some of the world's leading scholars in this area...” –  James Edelman,

“...this volume provides a rich picture of the legal and ethical challenges posed by human biomaterials and the strengths and weaknesses of the different possible ways of reforming the law in this area...[A] broad range of views in the body-as-property debate, as well as the disciplines of law, philosophy, and sociology...” –  Jeffrey M Skopek, Cambridge Law Journal, 2015, 74

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