Personhood in the Age of Biolegality

Brave New Law

  • Marc de Leeuw
  • Sonja van Wichelen

Part of the Biolegalities book series (BIOGA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Marc de Leeuw, Sonja van Wichelen
    Pages 1-17
  3. Troubling Persons

  4. Evidencing Persons

  5. Governing Persons

  6. The Future of Persons

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 257-261

About this book


This volume showcases emerging interdisciplinary scholarship that captures the complex ways in which biological knowledge is testing the nature and structure of legal personhood. Key questions include: What do the new biosciences do to our social, cultural, and legal conceptions of personhood? How does our legal apparatus incorporate new legitimations from the emerging biosciences into its knowledge system? And what kind of ethical, socio-political, and scientific consequences are attached to the establishment of such new legalities? The book examines these problems by looking at materialities, the posthuman, and the relational in the (un)making of legalities. Themes and topics include postgenomic research, gene editing, neuroscience, epigenetics, precision medicine, regenerative medicine, reproductive technologies, border technologies, and theoretical debates in legal theory on the relationship between persons, property, and rights.


Science, Technology, and Social Change Legal Theory Personhood Social Study of Science Personal Rights Biosciences

Editors and affiliations

  • Marc de Leeuw
    • 1
  • Sonja van Wichelen
    • 2
  1. 1.LawUniversity of New South Wales SydneySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Sociology and Social PolicyUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-27847-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-27848-9
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