Charles C. Dunham IV, of Orchard Park, N.Y., won first place in the Health Care and Life Sciences Law Writing Competition presented by Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
Dunham '08 was awarded $4,000 for his prize-winning paper, "'Body Property'—Challenging the Ethical Barriers in Organ Transplantation to Protect Individual Autonomy."
The paper analyzes legislative and judicial refusal to recognize the property interest in the human body to avoid the ethical issues resolving around selling the human body. Dunham argued in favor of recognizing such a property interest to protect individual autonomy. He also presented a potential solution to the current disparity of organs for transplantation by suggesting a future market which would allow individuals to sell the right to harvest their organs after death.
Dunham's paper will be considered for publication in the
Annals of Health Law published by the Loyola University Chicago School of Law.