Who owns my leg?

  When a man finds a human leg inside his barbecue, at first he calls the cops. But he later changes his mind, claiming that he bought the barbecue – and the leg. The problem he has is that the leg’s original owner wants it back. Do we continue to own our body parts or body tissue if it becomes separated from us? In this episode we explore what the law says about where is the boundary between the person, and property. 

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Resources:

Boundaries between a Person and a Thing by Kate Galloway (QLS, The Verdict, 2008)

Colavito v. New York Organ Donor Network Inc (USA 2007)

Doodeward v Spence (Australia 1908)

This post and podcast is provided for general information purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice or specific advice for your individual needs.

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