Commentary

93.2 Human remains—the general rule

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| Commentary

93.2 Human remains—the general rule

| Commentary

93.2 Human remains—the general rule

The identity of a museum loan as a bailment of goods raises questions about the legal status of human material, such as skeletons, mummies, corpses preserved from immersion in ice or peat, teeth, blood and hair. Many museums hold such material1, and those that do sometimes deposit it with other museums. It is, however, established that there can be no property in a corpse or part of a corpse2. Such a principle appears incompatible with a bailment of human material, and raises doubts as to whether possessory as well as proprietary

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