How does a society deal with its dead - and what is the role of the law? This question is of particular relevance in cases of dying persons who are isolated, impoverished or neglected: Does the law allocate such individuals’ right of burial exclusively to government agencies, or does it rely on the solidarity of private individuals, such as relatives or friends of the dead? The changing relationship between state responsibility and private initiative was already defined in Roman law, and it continues to have an effect in our times. Examining this connection from the perspective of legal history will be the topic of today's talk.
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