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Human Being

Short Description

A Human Being is a person of flesh and blood (homo sapiens), each of which qualifies as:

In our framework, we assume that humans own themselves (especially in their personal jurisdiction). However, we recognize that whether or not a person decides to own itself lies in the autonomy of that person. So it may happen that a person chooses to (willingly or forced) relinquish this ownership to another party (which one might call 'slavery').

Purpose

The purpose of of defining the human being is that it allows us to document that it also qualifies as a party, an actor and a jurisdiction.

Criteria

A Human Being is a person of flesh and blood (homo sapiens).

Notes

Various contexts have related notions:

  • natural person is a human being that - in a legal sense - holds rights and duties, and that can sue and be sued.
  • legal person is a non-human entity that - in a legal sense - holds rights and duties, that can sue and be sued, and hence (legally) treated in a similar fashion as a natural person.