Dr. Alting von Geusau, J.D., LL.M. is General Counsel and Chief Development Offi cer at the International Theological Institute (ITI) in Trumau, Austria. This article is based on a lecture originally given at the ITI on 14 March 2013. It is based on his book, Human Dignity and the Law in Post-War Europe: Roots and Reality of an Ambiguous Concept, published in March 2013 by Wolf Legal Publishers. It is published here with permission.