How does German law define “human dignity” in concrete terms?

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The German Basic Law (i.e. de facto Constitution) begins with the bold statement in Article 1, (1):

Human dignity shall be inviolable. To respect and protect it shall be
the duty of all state authority.

Once that principle is established, I assume it is for the Bundestag to determine the definition and boundary of the term "human dignity" by law.

What is the current legal framework around "human dignity" in Germany? Is there any legislation that elaborates on its definition?

Additionally, what role does the German judiciary have in shaping the definition of human dignity? I know Germany is not a common law country so legal precedence does not matter as much, but it's still worth looking into.

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