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Human Dignity In The Era Of Counter-Terrorism

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Human dignity is presented as the core value in many (inter)national human rights pronouncements. This chapter purposes to map the confusion relating to dignity. It demonstrates the confusion by: (1) offering an overview of the most relevant human rights documents; (2) the colliding perspectives from natural law and legal positivism; and (3) the views of experts. The chapter seeks to albeit on a tentative basis, pointers which offer a perspective to the development of a concept of dignity which may enjoy wide support. It discusses a number of (inter)national documents and decisions and it will be concluded that at least six different meanings of the term can be discerned. The chapter seeks a clarification of dignity by juxtaposing natural law views against views of legal positivism. The era of the war on terrorism has frequently been interpreted as a vindication of Huntingtons concept of a clash of civilisations.

Keywords: (inter)national human rights; albeit; human dignity; legal positivism; natural law; terrorism



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