Dignity and Autonomy

Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law

12 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 2019 Last revised: 24 Jul 2020

Date Written: February 18, 2019


This short article explores the concept of human dignity from two standpoints. On the one hand, it expounds the functions that the concept of human dignity plays in constitutional practice in jurisdictions around the world. On the other, it formulates difficulties that the leading theories of human dignity encounter in articulating the meaning of human dignity as a constitutional concept. These difficulties are instructive because they indicate the parameters in which a more adequate constitutional theory of human dignity would operate.

Keywords: human dignity, human rights, constitutional law, constitutional rights, proportionality, Dworkin, Waldron, Kant

Suggested Citation

Weinrib, Jacob, Dignity and Autonomy (February 18, 2019). Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3336984 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3336984

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