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Books -- Authored and Co-Authored:

Erin Daly & James R. May, Dignity Under Law: A Global Handbook for Civil Society (Dignity Rights International, 2021) available here

Erin Daly & James R. May, Dignity Under Law: A Global Handbook for Jurists (Dignity Rights International, 2021) available here

Erin Daly & James R. May, Dignity Law: Global Recognition, Cases and Perspectives (W.S. Hein 2020) with Erin Daly. See Table of ContentsPrefaceOverview: Mapping Dignity LawDignity LawTeacher's Manual, or dignity blog. The brochure is here 

James R. May & Erin Daly, Advanced Introduction to Human Dignity and the Law, Elgar Advanced Introductions series, (Edward Elgar 2020), available here


James R. May & Erin Daly, “Introduction to Dignity Law,” J. Disaster Res., Vol.17, No.3, pp. 301-307, 2022,

Erin Daly & James R. May, et al. “Migration with Dignity: A Legal and Policy Framework,” J. Disaster Res., Vol.17, No.3, pp. 292-300, 2022.

James R. May & Erin Daly, Dignity Rights for a Pandemic, 17 Law Culture, and the Humanities 1 (2021), SSRN here

James R. May & Erin Daly, Human Dignity and Environmental Outcomes in Pakistan, 10 Pakistan L. Rev. 1 (2019), SSRN here

James R. May & Erin Daly, Why Dignity Rights Matter, 19 European Human Rights L. Rev. 129 (2019), SSRN here

Other: Editorials, Proceedings, Reports, Reviews, Translations, Encyclopedia Entries, Blogs, Etc.:   

James R. May & Erin Daly, Putting Dignity in Practice: Implementing the American Bar Association’s Recognition of Human Dignity As Foundational to the Rule of Law, American Bar Association, Center for Human Rights 2021, Edited Series, SSRN here

James R. May & Erin Daly, “Dignity Law and Practice in America,” Report to the House of Delegates, American Bar Association, Center for Human Rights, Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice (June 2019), with et al., available here

Cases and Constitutions

The Dignity Law Institute is pleased to partner with Dignity Rights International on 2 new important resources for scholars and practitioners: the only database in the world dedicated to cases involving dignity rights. Click here to see more than 200 new and important cases from more than 30 jurisdictions at the regional, national, and subnational level on all topics from voting rights to gender identity to prisoners’ rights, and more! You can search by keyword, court, region and otherwise. Most cases include abstracts and links to the original case. Please contact us to add more cases to the Library. The Case Library complements our updated Dignity Constitutions Database, providing the text of all constitutions protecting dignity: we’ve found 613 different provisions in 173 constitutions!



Selected Jurisprudence

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Selected Readings

Miguel Pérez, The Right to Dignity: Housing Struggles, City Making, and Citizenship in Urban Chile (forthcoming, Stanford Univ. Press, April 2022).
Judge Victoria Pratt, The Power of Dignity: How Transforming Justice Can Heal Our Communities (forthcoming, Seal Press, May 2022).
Zaynab El Bernoussi, Dignity in the Egyptian Revolution: Protest and Demand during the Arab Uprisings (2021).
Andrea Gattini et. al. (eds) Human Dignity and International Law (2021).
Angus J. L. Menuge, The Inherence of Human Dignity: Foundations of Human Dignity (2 volumes) (2021).
Anna Lise Purkey, Refugee Dignity in Protracted Exile (2021).
Dan Saxton, Fighting Machines: Autonomous Weapons and Human Dignity (2021).
Brett Scharffs & Ewelina Ochab, Dignity and International Human Rights Law: An Introduction to the Punta del Este Declaration on Human Dignity for Everyone Everywhere (2021).
Linda Barclay, Disability with Dignity: Justice, Human Rights and Equal Status (2020).
Erin Daly & James R. May, Dignity Law : Global Recognition, Cases, and Perspectives (2020).
James R. May & Erin Daly, Advanced Introduction to Human Dignity and Law (2020).
Zhibin Xie et. al. (ed) Human Dignity, Human Rights, and Social Justice: A Chinese Interdisciplinary Dialogue with Global Perspective (2020).
Richard Berquist, From Human Dignity to Natural Law: An Introduction (2019).
Erynn Masi de Casanova, Dust and Dignity: Domestic Employment in Contemporary Ecuador (2019).
Pablo Gilabert, Human Dignity and Human Rights (2019).
Hoda Mahmoudi, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Human Dignity and Human Rights (2019).
Frank M. McClellan, Healthcare and Human Dignity: Law Matters (2019).
Matthew McManus, Making Human Dignity Central to International Human Rights Law: A Critical Legal Argument (2019).
Laurie Ackerman, Human Dignity: Lodestar for Equality in South Africa, Juta & Co. (2012)
Christiaan W.J.M. Alting von Geusau, Human Dignity and the Law in Post-War Europe: Roots and Reality of an Ambiguous Concept. Wolf Legal Publishers (2013)
Aharon Barak, Human Dignity: The Constitutional Value and the Constitutional Right, Cambridge University Press (2015)
Yechiel Michael Barilan, Human Dignity, Human Rights, and Responsibility: The New Language of Global Bioethics and Biolaw, MIT Press (2012)
Ernst Bloch, Natural Law and Human Dignity, MIT Press (1996)
Patrick Capps, Human Dignity and the Foundations of International Law, Hart Publishing (2010)  
Sabine C. Carey and Mark Gibney, The Politics of Human Rights: The Quest for Dignity, Cambridge University Press (2010)
Drucilla Cornell, Law and Revolution in South Africa: uBuntu, Dignity, and the Struggle for Constitutional Transformation, Fordham University Press (2014)
Catherine Dupré, The Age of Dignity: Human Rights and Constitutionalism in Europe, Hart Publishing (2015)
Marcus Düwell and Jens Braarvig (eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Human Dignity: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Cambridge University Press (2014)
Edward J. Eberle, Dignity and Liberty: Constitutional Visions in Germany and the United States, Praeger (2002)
Charles Foster, Human Dignity in Bioethics and Law, Hart Publishing (2011)
Steven J. Heyman, Free Speech and Human Dignity,Yale University Press (2008)
Donna Hicks and Desmond Tutu, Dignity: Its Essential Role in Resolving Conflict, Yale University Press (2012)
George Kateb, Human Dignity, Harvard University Press (2011)
Goldewijk B. Klein, Dignity and Human Rights: The Implementation of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Intersentia (2002)
Mark P. Lagon and Anthony Clark Arend, Human Dignity and the Future of Global Institutions, Georgetown University Press (2014)
David Luban, Legal Ethics and Human Dignity, Cambridge University Press (2009)
Jeff Malpas and Norelle Lickiss. Perspectives on Human Dignity: A Conversation, Springer (2007)
Aniceto Masferrer and Sánchez E. García, Human Dignity of the Vulnerable in the Age of Rights: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Springer (2016)
Christopher McCrudden (ed.), Understanding Human Dignity (Proceedings of the British Academy) (2013)
Edmund D. Pellegrino, Adam Schulman, and Thomas W. Merrill. Human Dignity and Bioethics, University of Notre Dame Press (2009)
Michael L. Perlin, A Prescription for Dignity: Rethinking Criminal Justice and Mental Disability Law, Routledge (2016)
Michael Rosen, Dignity: Its History and Meaning, Harvard University Press (2012)
Jeremy Waldron and Meir Dan-Cohen, Dignity, Rank, and Rights, Oxford University Press (2012)
Jacob Weinrib, Dimensions of Dignity: The Theory and Practice of Modern Constitutional Law, Cambridge University Press (2016)
Alicia Ely Yamin, Power, Suffering, and the Struggle for Dignity: Human Rights Frameworks for Health and Why They Matter, University of Pennsylvania Press (2016)