Table of contents

  1. Biljana Kostadinov
  2. Charis Papacharalambous
  3. Antoni Abat Ninet
  4. Tanel Kerikmäe, Kristi Joamets
  5. Tuomas Ojanen
  6. Régis Lanneau
  7. Christoph Enders
  8. Ioannis A. Tassopoulos
  9. Gergely Deli, István Kukorelli
  10. Ragnhildur Helgadóttir
  11. Elaine Dewhurst
  12. Qerim Qerimi, Ilir Dugolli
  13. Dita Plepa, Jānis Pleps
  14. Darijus Beinoravičius, Milda Vainiutė
  15. Jörg Gerkrath, Maria Pichou
  16. Renata Treneska-Deskoska
  17. Régis Lanneau
  18. Dina Lupin Townsend
  19. Marta Soniewicka, Justyna Holocher
  20. João Carlos Loureiro
  21. Maria Lia Pop
  22. Duška Franeta
  23. Tomáš Ľalík
  24. Sebastian Nerad
  25. Alberto Oehling
  26. Jaroslav Benák, Ladislav Vyhnánek, David Zahumenský
  27. Vincenzo Pacillo, Emilia Lazzarini

About this book


This handbook provides a systematic overview of the legal concept and the meaning of human dignity for each European state and the European Union. For each of these 43 countries and the EU, it scrutinizes three main aspects: the constitution, legislation, and application of law (court rulings). The book addresses and presents answers to important questions relating to the concept of human dignity. These questions include the following: What is the meaning of human dignity? What is the legal status of the respective human dignity norms? Are human dignity norms of a programmatic nature, or do they establish an individual right which can be invoked before court? Is human dignity inviolable? The volume answers these questions from the perspectives of all European countries.

As a reaction to the barbaric events during World War II, human dignity (dignitas) found its way into international law. Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) states that “[a]ll human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” The starting point for developing the concept on a national level was the codification of human dignity in article 1, paragraph 1 of the German Grundgesetz. Consequently, the concept of human dignity spread throughout Europe and, in the context of human rights, became a fundamental legal concept.


Inalienable Right Legal theory Human Dignity in Europe European state and the European Union Meaning of human dignity Human Rights Is human dignity inviolable Universal Declaration of Human Rights Human dignity Legal Doctrines of the Rule of Law Legal State Rechtsstaat Human Dignity Norms of human dignity Individual Rights Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) European Legal Culture Codification of Human Dignity Human rights Fundamental legal concept

Editors and affiliations

  • Paolo Becchi
    • 1
  • Klaus Mathis
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of LawUniversity of LucerneLucerneSwitzerland
  2. 2.Faculty of LawUniversity of LucerneLucerneSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-27830-8