Bernardini, Paola (2007). "Human Capabilities (and the Law) within the Framework of an Onto-Phenomenological Approach" Paper presented at the 4th annual conference of the HDCA, 18-20 September 2007, New York, USA.

The fundamental concepts of the onto-phenomenological approach such as ius gentium, being, ontological substance – do belong to the western metaphysical tradition, but are nonetheless conceived as derived from a reflection on the common, universal experience of man. The ontological conception of the person might still prove to be useful in “bringing the good to the world”, in justifying the protection of all human beings, and the universal ownership of rights’ claims.