Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Dignity And Worth Of The Individual—Personal Inviolability And Liberty

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

The Constitution of the United States does not provide explicitly for the protection of dignity and intrinsic worth of every individual. However the Court considers that the respect of human dignity lies at the heart of various constitutional provisions and constitutes an essential element of the constitutional order. The Fifth Amendment, assuring the right against self-incrimination, precludes interrogation methods "destructive of human dignity," such as the inflicting of psychological intimidation, for the purpose of subjugating the person under investigation to the will of his examiner. The Court has also used the concept of human dignity and decency with respect to society as a whole. The Eighth Amendment prohibition of cruel and unusual punishments protects the dignity of society itself from the barbarity of exacting mindless vengeance. The Due Process Clause usually requires some kind of a hearing before the state deprives a person of liberty.

Keywords: Dignity; human dignity; Inviolability; liberty; personal inviolability; Worth; worth of individual



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Individual Rights and Liberties under the U.S. Constitution — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation