Is the Zombie My Neighbour? The Zombie Apocalypse as A Lens for Understanding Legal Personhood

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Abstract

This article explores the nature of legal personhood through reference to the zombie apocalypse. It discusses what constitutes a legal person, something that is not restricted to the live human animal. It considers who determines whether an entity, undead or otherwise, is a legal person before going on to discuss both legal authority and criteria for that determination. It draws on Australian and overseas statute law and jurisprudence regarding death and personhood in human animals, nonhuman animals and other entities before discussing questions about dignity, capacity, rights and responsibilities in relation to Schmitt, Atkin, Rawls, Nussbaum, Fineman and Agamben.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-46
Number of pages22
JournalCanberra Law Review
Volume14
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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