Hastings Science and Technology Law Journal


Huma Zarif


Organ transplantation has been a life-saving treatment option for many who require this intervention due to organ failure. However, there are many legal and ethical considerations regarding allocation of this limited resource. Some of these issues were brought to the forefront in the highly publicized cases of Steve Jobs, Sarah Murnaghan, and Javier Acosta. These were instances where it appeared that in getting their transplants, these individuals obtained an unfair advantage over others on the waitlist. When a resource is as scarce as an organ for transplantation, equitable distribution policies are integral to a just allocation system.