Dignity, Conflict, and Reconciliation

No pillar of modern constitutionalism is immune from tribalization nowadays. Rather than creating boundaries for politics, constitutionalism has become a political issue. Such tensions have caught dignity in the quagmire. This concept loads disputes on human rights with additional weight. It reinforces clashes among public powers. It boosts social conflicts and deepens cultural rifts.
The presentation argues that the ambiguities surrounding the concept of dignity do not stem from the concept itself but from the current state of constitutionalism as a discipline and as a hermeneutical tool.
Dignity can be of use to address contemporary tribalization, however, as long as it is understood for what it conveys. The presentation argues that dignity should be understood as a means through which people communicate the value that they attach to their claims. Such a reconsideration of dignity could help social and political reconciliations.