TV Cannibalism, Body Worlds and Trade in Human Body Parts: Legal-Philosophical Reflections on the Rise of Late Modern Cannibalism

Amsterdam Law Forum, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 65-75, 2012

11 Pages Posted: 19 May 2012

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Britta van Beers

VU University Amsterdam - Faculty of Law

Date Written: May 12, 2012

Abstract

In December, 2011 two Dutch TV presenters ate pieces of each other’s flesh in front of a live television audience. Despite the obscurity of this cannibalistic episode in television history, the matter touches on a series of complex legal and philosophical questions that are discussed in this article, such as the boundaries of criminal law, the legal limits of personal autonomy and law’s changing relation to the biological aspects of life. Moreover, through its analysis of the arguments involved, this article offers legal-philosophical reflection on the role of taboos in legal approaches to the human body and derived materials.

Keywords: legal philosophy, cannibalism, boundaries of criminal law, personal autonomy, TV cannibalism

Suggested Citation

van Beers, Britta, TV Cannibalism, Body Worlds and Trade in Human Body Parts: Legal-Philosophical Reflections on the Rise of Late Modern Cannibalism (May 12, 2012). Amsterdam Law Forum, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 65-75, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2062222

Britta Van Beers (Contact Author)

VU University Amsterdam - Faculty of Law ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Netherlands

HOME PAGE: http://www.rechten.vu.nl/beers

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