Evidence from the grave – III

Information for medical research: conclusions

The permanence of Christian burial and the application of Re Blagdon Cemetery [2002] Fam 299 has been a continuing theme on L&RUK, and has also been explored in Leading Works on Law and Religion. This is the third of three posts in which we consider the exhumation for the purpose of examining the remains of monarchs, mass murderers, and for medical research. In Part I we considered the identification of the remains for historical and other purposes; Part II looked at their use in the proof of ancestry, and this post, Part III, looks at medical research and attempts to draw some conclusions on the application of the law in this area. Continue reading