Dignity and the Challenge to Liberty : Reading Andras Sajo's Constitutional Sentiments

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This paper considers debates about the anti-liberal tendencies of the concept of “human dignity”, in particular those conceptions that are “expressivist”. My aim is to examine how far conceptions of dignity are expressivist, and if so what problems the concept of dignity understood in this way poses for liberty. I consider concerns about dignity’s potential illiberality, in particular the potential illiberality of respect-based conceptions of dignity, in the context of Professor András Sajó’s recent writing, illustrating the discussion with examples drawn from recent judicial decisions of the European Court of Human Rights regarding freedom of speech.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFreedom and its Enemies: The Tragedy of Liberty
EditorsRenata Uitz
Place of PublicationBudapest
PublisherEleven International Publishing
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9789462364325
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameIssues in Constitutional Law
PublisherEleven International Publishing


  • Human rights, human dignity, European Convention on Human Rights, Andras Sajo

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law

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