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 is permeating 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 Professor of Law at Widener University Delaware Law School, where she served as Interim Dean and as the H. Albert Young Fellow in Constitutional Law. She is Executive Director of Dignity Rights International, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the dignity of every person, everywhere. She serves as the Director of the Global Network for Human Rights and the Environment, as the US National Correspondent for the Centre international de droit comparé de l’environnement (CIDCE), and as a member of the Normandy Chair for Peace.

James R. May is Distinguished Professor of Law at Widener University Delaware Law School, where he established the Dignity Rights Project and the Dignity Rights Practicum, served as the H. Albert Young Fellow in Constitutional Law, and founded the Global Environmental Rights Institute. He is the President and Senior Counsel of Dignity Rights International, a founding member of the Dignity Rights Initiative of the American Bar Association’s Center for Human Rights, and a Special Representative for the International Council of Environmental Law.

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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