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Book Review: Dignity Rights: Courts, Constitutions, and the Worth of the Human Person

By Matthew T. Mangino

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Dignity Rights: Courts, Constitutions, and the Worth of the Human Person

By Erin Daly
University of Pennsylvania Press (2012)
 

Erin Daly tells us that law is a practical enterprise that deals with a real problem in real peoples’ lives. With that as a backdrop, Daly takes off on an ambitious journey to explain the evolution of dignity in American, and the world’s, jurisprudence. Dignity Rights: Courts, Constitutions, and the Worth of the Human Person is worth the effort.

A “cavalcade” of constitutional dignity rights appeared after World War II. There was no denying that phenomenon as policymakers came to terms with the horrors that occurred in Asia and Europe. In 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) inspired the postwar constitutional drafting.

By the end of World War II the U.S. Constitution had been examined, reviewed, analyzed, interpreted, expanded, restricted, revered and condemned countless times. With that being said, the U.S. Constitution never ment

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