‘Exhumation of the Dead as a Human Right’, 7 November, 2018

Dr Remigius Nwabueze (University of Southampton)

On 7 November 2018, the medico-legal will host guest speaker, Dr Remigius Nwabueze (Southampton Law School), to speak about ‘Exhumation of the Dead as a Human Right’.


I explore the critical question of whether exhumation could be demanded and obtained as a legal right; particularly, whether there is a human right to exhume a dead relative’s remains? More poignantly, could the refusal of exhumation violate the Convention rights of a petitioner, especially Articles 8 and 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights, transposed into domestic law by the Human Rights Act 1998. These questions have become critical, urgent and timely. I argue that exhumation is neither a legal right nor a human right. According to my analysis of Articles 8 and 9, exhumation does not engage the Convention and consequently, the cases that reached a contrary decision are not supportable.


Date and time: 1.00–3.00pm, Wednesday, 7 November, 2018
Location: JGR, Law, Fielding Johnson Building
Event open to staff and students
No booking required
More information
: katherine.wade@le.ac.uk

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