TV Cannibalism, Body Worlds and Trade in Human Body Parts: Legal-philosophical reflections on the rise of late modern cannibalism

Britta van Beers


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.



legal philosophy; cannibalism; boundaries of criminal law; personal autonomy; TV cannibalism

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