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Directed donation and ownership of human organs

Pattinson, Shaun D.

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This paper explores the issue of donation of organs from deceased donors for transplantation into a specified recipient. It argues that proper account should be taken of the principles underlying the Human Tissue Act 2004, which grant the donor a form of proprietary control. Three hypothetical scenarios are then used to draw out the implications of these principles for existing regulatory policy and the common law response to excised human organs. The paper concludes that the law should be understood as recognising ownership in organs removed from living and deceased persons and as offering opposition to the prohibition of directed donation that can only be coherently removed by reform of the 2004 Act.


Pattinson, S. D. (2011). Directed donation and ownership of human organs. Legal Studies, 31(3), 392-410.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Sep 1, 2011
Deposit Date Dec 24, 2010
Publicly Available Date Aug 30, 2012
Journal Legal Studies
Print ISSN 0261-3875
Electronic ISSN 1748-121X
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 31
Issue 3
Pages 392-410


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