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The Age of Dignity

Human Rights and Constitutionalism in Europe

Gebonden Engels 2015 9781849461030
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Human dignity is one of the most challenging and exciting concepts of the twenty-first century for lawyers and political philosophers. Even though it is fast emerging as a core concept across legal systems and is the first foundational value of the European Union and its overarching human rights commitment under the Lisbon Treaty, human dignity is still little understood and often mistrusted. This path-breaking monograph provides a critical investigation of human dignity's origins, development and above all its potential at the heart of European constitutionalism today.

Highlighting the complex connections among human dignity, human rights, constitutional law and democracy, the book argues that many of the concept's uses point to a deeper transformation of European constitutionalism and that, reclaimed as Europe's res publica, human dignity can contribute to developing constitutionalism in two directions. These focus on the construction of time, re-formulated as open futures rather than rejection of an unwanted past, and the reorientation of constitutionalism as a new form of humanism, evidenced by the emergence of the work sphere alongside the public and private spheres in human dignity law.

The book contains a detailed analysis of comparative case law, including the two supranational courts and domestic courts, primarily but not exclusively those of Germany, the UK, France and Hungary.


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Catherine Dupré is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter.

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Acknowledgements vii
Short Table of Contents ix
Table of Cases xv

1. Introduction 1
I. The Rise of Dignity 1
II. Positioning Human Dignity at the Heart of European Constitutionalism 4
III. Human Dignity as a Constitutional Concept 15
IV. The Age of Dignity 23

2. We are Not Born in Dignity 28
I. Introduction 28
II. Human Dignity as Ideal 30
III. 1789: From Dignities to Dignity 38
IV. Dignity as Humanity 43
V. Conclusion 50

3. The Foundations of European Constitutionalism: 1949, 1989, 2009 53
I. Introduction 53
II. Making Sense of the Past 57
III. Human Dignity as Constitutional Foundation 66
IV. Normative Definition of Human Dignity 74
V. Conclusion 80

4. Human Dignity: A Judge-Made Concept 82
I. Introduction 82
II. Endorsing and Re-Activating the Foundational Promise 84
III. Making Human Dignity European 91
IV. The Essence of European Constitutionalism 99
V. Conclusion 112

5. Hidden in Plain View: Workers ’ Human Dignity 113
I. Introduction 113
II. Workers are Human Beings 115
III. Constructing Workers ’ Dignity: The EU Charter as a Basis 125
IV. Workers ’ Dignity and Democracy 133
V. Conclusion 139

6. Defining Dignity, Protecting Human Time 141
I. Introduction 141
II. Constitutional Time Overflows 144
III. Human Dignity as Human Time 151
IV. Protecting Human Time 160
V. Conclusion 170

7. Re-Thinking European Constitutionalism: Dignity, Humanism, Democracy 171
I. Introduction 171
II. Constitutionalism as Humanism 172
III. Dignity-Democracy 182
IV. Conclusion 193

8. Conclusion 194

Bibliography 199
Index 229

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