Un droit inaliénable est directement rattaché à la personne. Il ne peut être transféré ou cédé.
Exemple : « The author […] shall, with respect to original works of art and original manuscripts of writers and composers, enjoy the inalienable right to an interest in anysale of the work subsequent to the first transfer bythe author of the work. » (Art. 14ter (1), Berne Convention) (Mais comparer : « We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness », Déclaration d’indépendance US 1776).