[CCWG-ACCT] Concept of some form of "independent" member

Nigel Roberts nigel at channelisles.net
Fri Jul 17 11:28:07 UTC 2015

Whilst I hesitate to use Wikiepedia as authority, it says

"Natural person
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In jurisprudence, a natural person is a real human being, as opposed to 
a legal person, which may be a private (i.e., business entity or 
non-governmental organization) or public (i.e., government) organization.

In many cases, fundamental human rights are implicitly granted only to 
natural persons. For example, the Nineteenth Amendment to the United 
States Constitution, which states a person cannot be denied the right to 
vote based on gender, or Section Fifteen of the Canadian Charter of 
Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees equality rights, apply to natural 
persons only. Another example of the distinction between natural and 
legal persons is that a natural person can hold public office, but a 
corporation cannot.

A corporation or non-governmental organization can, however, file a 
lawsuit or own property as a legal person.


PS: Incidentally, if your use of the term is correct in your 
jurisdiction, then what does the adding the word "legal" add to 
understanding? Surely the correct term is simply "person".

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