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Human Dignity in Context - (Hardcover)

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Human dignity is the key term that the Universal Declaration on Human Rights placed at the center of legal discourse on a global level. It has probably never been so omnipresent in legal and political discourse as it is today. The Universal Declaration inspired the subsequent use of dignity in domestic constitutional documents, as well as in international and regional human rights texts. This book provides a rich contextual analysis of the contested notions of human dignity, exploring the concept's philosophical and theological genealogies, as well as its legal and political implications, and reflecting current debates on human dignity in multiple disciplinary fields. Following an introduction by the editors, the book is divided into three parts: foundations, developments, variations. It is rounded off with a conclusion by a distinguished comparative constitutionalist that puts the preceding discussions into perspective. The book is the outcome of two conferences held at the Institute for Advanced Study (Berlin) prompting debate among scholars from various disciplinary and regional backgrounds, and creating a discursive space to analyze and reassess the advantages and disadvantages of human dignity in judicial interpretation and academic reflection. As a reflexive transdisciplinary undertaking, the book takes a genuinely legal perspective and connects current debates in German, European, and US legal scholarship, with discussions in other disciplines and various parts of the world. [Subject: Human Rights Law, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law]

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