Daly, Erin; May, James R.

Item #: 1006411

ISBN: 978-0-8377-4135-2
Pages: xxxv,521p.
Published: Getzville; William S. Hein & Co., Inc.; 2020.


Human dignity recognizes the equal worth of every member of the human family, regardless of gender, race, social or political status, talents, merit, or any other differentiator. But it is also a right that can be claimed, like liberty, equality, shelter or free speech. It is now recognized in more than 160 constitutions around the world. Increasingly, courts from all legal and cultural traditions are recognizing the right to dignity and applying it against governments and others to ensure that the dignity of all is respected. This unique casebook provides an introduction to the emergent and dynamic law of human dignity, showcasing how the value of human dignity permeates all areas of law, how the right to have one’s dignity respected is shaping the development of the law, how dignity rights are embodied constitutionally around the globe.

This book includes cases and secondary materials to illustrate the diversity and scope of dignity law, with units on dignity and identity; living with dignity; dignity and vulnerability; and participatory dignity, along with an overview that maps dignity law, and an introductory unit on the study of dignity law, and sample constitutional texts.

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Erin Daly is a Professor of Law and Director at Widener University Delaware Law School. She co-established the Dignity Rights Institute and the Dignity Rights Practicum at Delaware Law School. Daly is the author of Dignity Rights: Courts, Constitutions, and the Worth of the Human Person (2d ed. 2020)

James R. May is a Distinguished Professor of Law at Widener University Delaware Law School where he established the Dignity Rights Institute and the Dignity Rights Practicum. He is the 2023 Recipient of the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources.

Together, Daly and May co-founded the Dignity Rights Project and Practicum at Widener University Delaware Law School and Dignity Rights International.

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