European Journal of Health Law 9 : 413-421, 2002. © 2002 Kluwer Law International. Printed in the Netherlands. 413 BOOK REVIEW DEREK BEYLEVELD and ROGER BROWNWORD Human Dignity in Bioethics and Biolaw. Oxford (Oxford University Press, 2001, 298 pp. ISBN 0-19-826826-2) The book deals with a subject of fundamental importance: Human dignity, one of the constitutive values of our society in bioethics and biolaw. The notion of dignity is of an ancient pedigree. Moral and political philosophers have used it in many senses. Apart from Kant’s concept of intrinsic dignity of man, the topic was analyzed by Pico della Mirandola, Sartre and others. Its very idea has guided human rights instruments, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The rapid development of modern biomedicine, which has effected in both new promises as well as risks, introduced renewed appeal for respect of human dignity. The European Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine, having recited in its Preamble the importance of ensuring the dignity of human being, declares in Article 1 that the Parties to it shall protect the dignity and identity of
European Journal of Health Law – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2002
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