The Mandate of Dignity

The Mandate of Dignity

Drucilla Cornell and Nick Friedman

Print publication date: 2016

ISBN: 9780823268108

Publisher: Fordham University Press

Abstract

A major American legal thinker, the late Ronald Dworkin also helped shape new dispensations in the Global South. In South Africa, in particular, his work has been fiercely debated in the context of one of the world’s most progressive constitutions. Despite Dworkin’s discomfort with that document’s enshrinement of “socioeconomic rights,” his work enables an important defense of a jurisprudence premised on justice, rather than on legitimacy.