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The Mandate of Dignity

Drucilla Cornell and Nick Friedman


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.

Keywords: consitutionalism, dignity, Ronald Dworkin, South Africa, substantive revolution, transformation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780823268108
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823268108.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Drucilla Cornell, author
Rutgers University

Nick Friedman, author