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Margaret Jane Radin is a professor at University of Michigan Law School. She is well-known for her work on property law and her emphasis on the theory of commodification. In particular, she holds that that the buying and selling of things, such as body parts, can diminish human dignity and the value of human life. As such, she argues that these goods should be made inalienable, to prevent markets from arising which distort the worth of human beings. Radin also works in the field of intellectual property, particularly in cyberspace.

Radin received her A.B. in music from Stanford in 1963, her M.F.A. in Music History from Brandeis University in 1965, and became a Ph.D. candidate in music at Berkeley in 1968. She received her J.D. from the University of Southern California Law School in 1976. Prior to joining the Stanford law faculty in 1990, she was a professor of law at USC. Radin has also taught at UCLA and Harvard University as a visiting professor, and was formerly the William Benjamin Scott and Luna M. Scott Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. She is the author of two books and over thirty scholarly articles.


  • Contested Commodities (1996)
  • Reinterpreting Property (1993)

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