Bodily integrity

human right to personal autonomy, self-ownership, and self-determination

Bodily integrity is the idea that a person's body belongs only to that person, and only he or she should decide what happens to it. Violations of bodily integrity may include rape or murder. It is also sometimes used in debates about euthanasia or circumcision.[1]

It is one of the principles of liberalism. It may also be called other names such as self-ownership, individual autonomy or self-determination.

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities also requires protection of physical and mental integrity.[2]


  1. Individual Rights and Liberties Under the U.S. Constitution, p 232, Ioannis G. Dimitrakopoulos - 2007
  2. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Article 17