Constitutional State, Fundamental Rights and Vulnerability

Vulnerable individuals and groups, from asylum seekers and members of cultural and social minorities to minors, persons with disabilities, the elderly and women, have common and also specific needs and demands of recognition and protection.

A complex understanding of equality, encompassing both equal and differentiated protection norms, policies and practices, and considering both individuals and groups, is required.

The paper aims to discuss the concept of vulnerability, vulnerable persons and vulnerable groups, as well as critically assess the attitude of the State, committed to fundamental rights and dignity, towards vulnerability. Once again, the conciliation between the universal and the particular, crucial in diverse societies looking for common grounds, reemerges.