Human Dignity: Reflections Around its Core Protective Goal and Some of its Actual Challenges

Nowadays, the potential that the legal concept of human dignity has to confront imminent challenges (e.g., AI, the integrity of the human species, or the control of personal data) is often remarked. Indeed, there are good reasons to believe that human dignity can play a significant role when resolving juridical conflicts related to those challenges. However, it should not be forgotten that the efficacy of dignity as an orienting tool in these scenarios depends on a clear recognition of its core protective aim. This paper intends to introduce how a correct dogmatic approximation to the concept is one of the key elements in this last issue.