Modern human rights instruments ground human rights in the concept of human dignity, without providing an underlying theory of human dignity. This paper examines the central importance of human dignity, understood as not humiliating people, in traditional Jewish ethics. It employs this conception of human dignity to examine and criticize U.S. use of humiliation tactics and torture in the interrogation of terrorism suspects.
19 Kennedy Inst. Ethics J. 211-230 (2009)
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Luban, David, "Human Dignity, Humiliation, and Torture" (2009). Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works. Paper 894.