Human Dignity as a Constitutional Right: A Jurisprudentially Based Inquiry into Criteria and Content
82 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2012
Date Written: 1984
This article addresses human dignity as both a constitutional and international legal precept. It focuses primarily on actual use of human dignity and related phrases by the United States Supreme Court through 1982. General trends in actual use are documented as well as the frequency of use and the Justices who used human dignity as a precept in constitutional decisionmaking through 1982. The article also identifies actual trends toward specific content and uses in connection with various other constitutional rights and precepts. Finally, the article offers a jurisprudential approach to further inquiry and use of human dignity.
Keywords: Amendment, Constitution, cruel, dignity, direct incorporation, human dignity, human right, indirect incorporation, interpretation, Justices, liberty, Ninth Amendment, privacy, security, Supreme Court, Universal Declaration
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