Human rights - what hope? Human dignity - what scope?

Authors: Brownsword, R.

Pages: 189-209

ISBN: 9780754645832

DOI: 10.4324/9780429292606-22


This chapter suggests that there are plenty of reasons to be concerned about the prospects for human rights. It shows that where human dignity is viewed as the underpinning for human rights, then human rights and human dignity prosper or perish together. Human rights and human dignity, so viewed, stand or fall together - ex hypothesi, human dignity can fare neither any better nor any worse than human rights. Human rights concerns will be voiced as regulators adopt more intrusive monitoring apparatus. The aspiration that biotechnology should be used only in ways that respect human rights and human dignity is a laudable one. In practice, human rights are challenged in all sorts of ways - by governments in exceptional circumstances as well as routinely by global institutional design, by everyday discourse and regulatory practice, and by dealings in global markets.

Source: Scopus