Dignity recognizes the equal and inalienable value of every member of the human family. The Dignity Rights Project sets dignity in action through public and professional education, advocacy, and support for high-impact lawyering.
Throughout the world, dignity is compromised, impaired, violated, and continually tested in ways that affect real people in real ways; among the most vulnerable to violations of human dignity are indigenous people, climate and war refugees, victims of domestic and political violence, and those who defend and advocate for them.
The Dignity Rights Project works in tandem with legal, academic, non-profit, community-based organizations in all parts of the world to advance the human right to dignity in three principal ways:
We engage students, lawyers, and activists in a global conversation about the right to human dignity.
Erin Daly is Professor of Law, Widener University Delaware Law School (USA), and Vice President, Institutional Development, UNIFA (Université de la Fondation Aristide) in Haiti. She is the author of Dignity Rights: Courts, Constitutions, and the Worth of the Human Person (Penn Constitution and Democracy Series) and the co-author of Reconciliation in Divided Societies: Finding Common Ground (Penn Series on Human Rights).
James R. May is Distinguished Professor of Law, Widener University Delaware Law School and Chief Sustainability Officer, Widener University (USA) and the editor of Principles of Constitutional Environmental Law (ABA) and co-editor of Shale Gas and the Future of Energy (Edward Elgar). Together, they are the authors of Global Environmental Constitutionalism (Cambridge) and the editors of Environmental Constitutionalism (Edward Elgar), New Frontiers in Environmental Constitutionalism (United National Environment Programme, forthcoming), and Implementing Environmental Constitutionalism (Cambridge, forthcoming), as well as numerous articles and chapters on environmental law, comparative constitutional and international law, and transitional justice, which they have written separately and jointly.
Affiliated Faculty and Partners
Laurie Ackerman, Human Dignity: Lodestar for Equality in South Africa (2012)
Aharon Barak, Human Dignity: The Constitutional Value and the Constitutional Right (2015)
Sabine C. Carey and Mark Gibney, The Politics of Human Rights: The Quest for Dignity (2010)
Catherine Dupré, The Age of Dignity: Human Rights and Constitutionalism in Europe (2015)
Marcus Düwell and Jens Braarvig (eds.),The Cambridge Handbook of Human Dignity: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (2014)
Donna Hicks Ph.D and Desmond Tutu, Dignity: Its Essential Role in Resolving Conflict (2012)
Mark P. Lagon and Anthony Clark Arend, Human Dignity and the Future of Global Institutions (2014)
Christopher McCrudden (ed.), Understanding Human Dignity (Proceedings of the British Academy) (2013)
Michael Rosen, Dignity: Its History and Meaning (2012)