Human dignity is not a freestanding constitutional right, but it is a strongly held constitutional value. To this point, however, human dignity has had no place in statutory interpretation. This Article argues that courts should create a dignity canon of interpretation, which would operate as a clear statement rule. If laws are to be construed to limit individual dignity, the legislature must expressly this plainly. By conducting re-dos of three Supreme Court cases in the areas of civil rights, criminal procedure, and personal health, the Article shows the promise of the dignity canon.
Lindell, Noah B.
"The Dignity Canon,"
Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy: Vol. 27
, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholarship.law.cornell.edu/cjlpp/vol27/iss2/4