Christine F. Black
Griffith University, Australia


This article argues that a sort of ‘moral innatism’ underpinned social activism around the case of human organ trafficking. The article is an innovative piece in that it asks the reader to tap into their ‘feelings of lawful behaviour’, based on the Indigenous jurisprudential understanding that lawful behavior comes from inside the person, rather than through legal enforcement. This article asks the reader to consider the issues surrounding the illegal trade in human body parts and what it says about the Wests demand for body parts from The South and its inability to cultivate a culture in which death is a significant rite of passage.

Keywords: Indigenous Law, Traffic in human body parts, transplant surgeons, death & dying, film, Mexico.