On the dilemma between human dignity and national identity

This paper explores the role of national identity in driving measures that limit or circumvent the protection of human dignity. Particular attention will be paid to the changes affecting the protection of dignity over time, including those that relate to the implementation of international and European Union (EU) obligations aimed at protecting the rights of asylum seekers. The paper will, in considering these changes, consider the versions of national identity that have been brought to the fore by some governments/politicians whenever the treatment of aliens is to be managed, and the implications of this for the maintenance of constitutionalism.