Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights: A Legal Resource Guide

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In response to a growing global awareness of human poverty and the increasing potential of human rights law as a tool that can be used by the poor to achieve their basic rights, the international body of law, policy and relevant standards on economic, social, and cultural rights has expanded markedly in recent years. Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights: A Legal Resource Guide provides, for the first time, a comprehensive, consolidated source of most major international agreements recognizing economic, social and cultural rights.

Readers interested in workers' rights, trade union rights, the right to an adequate standard of living, the right to housing, the right to food, the right to health, the right to education, and the right to culture will find this book a vital source of information on the exact legal sources, definitions, and enforcement possibilities associated with these rights. The guide contains key treaties, declarations, general comments, interpretive texts, and charters.

Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights: A Legal Resource Guide is an indispensable reference work for all those working in the field of international human rights law. Lawyers, researchers, governmental civil servants, ministerial officials, NGO staff, United Nations and other international officials, aid agencies, community-based organizations, students, and others will find this consolidated source of materials on economic, social, and cultural rights a useful addition to any reference library.

Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights: A Legal Resource Guide is organized in an easy-to-use format and is accessible to both lawyers and nonlawyers. The inclusion of legal, policy, and explanatory standards on economic, social, and cultural rights will enable the reader to know not only the law on these rights but the actual meaning accorded these rights under the law.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812239164
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/15/2006
  • Series: Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights
  • Pages: 776
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Gallagher is Director of Operations for Equity International, a nongovernmental organization working with national police agencies to promote human rights in law enforcement. Scott Leckie is the Executive Director and Founder of the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions.
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Table of Contents

Foreword by Virginia B. Dandon
Preface by Mary Robinson

Section One: International Instruments and Resources

1. International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
2. Convention on the Rights of the Child
3. International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
4. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
5. International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
6. Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees
7. International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families
8. ILO Convention No. 29 Concerning Forced Labour
9. ILO Convention No. 105 Concerning the Abolition of Forced Labour
10. ILO Convention No. 111 Concerning Discrimination in Respect of Employment and Occupation
11. ILO Convention No. 117 Concerning Basic Aims and Standards of Social Policy
12. ILO Convention No. 122 Concerning Employment Policy
13. ILO Convention No. 154 Concerning the Promotion of Collective Bargaining
14. ILO Convention No. 168 Concerning Employment, Promotion, and Protection Against Unemployment
15. ILO Convention No. 169 Concerning Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries
16. Convention Against Discrimination in Education
17. Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field
18. Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of Wounded, Sick and Shipwrecked Members of Armed Forces at Sea
19. Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War
20. Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War
21. Geneva Protocol 1 Relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts
22. Geneva Protocol 2 Relating to the Protection of Victims of Non-International Armed Conflicts

1. Universal Declaration of Human Rights
2. Declaration on Social Progress and Development
3. Declaration on Race and Racial Prejudice
4. Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities
5. Universal Declaration on the Eradication of Hunger and Malnutrition
6. Declaration on the Rights of Disabled Persons
7. Declaration on the Right to Development

1. CESCR General Comment No. 1 (1989) on Reporting by States Parties
2. CESCR General Comment No. 2 (1990) on International Technical Assistance Measures (Article 22 of the Covenant)
3. CESCR General Comment No. 3 (1990) on the Nature of States Parties Obligations (Article 2(1) of the Covenant)
4. CESCR General Comment No. 4 (1991) on the Right to Adequate Housing (Article 11(1) of the Covenant)
5. CESCR General Comment No. 5 (1994) on Persons with Disabilities
6. CESCR General Comment No. 6 (1995) on the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of Older Persons
7. CESCR General Comment No. 7 (1997) on Forced Evictions (Article 11(1), The Right to Adequate Housing)
8. CESCR General Comment No. 8 (1997) on the Relationship Between Economic Sanctions and Respect for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
9. CESCR General Comment No. 9 (1998) on the Domestic Application of the Covenant
10. CESCR General Comment No. 10 (1998) on the Role of National Human Rights Institutions in the Protection of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
11. CESCR General Comment No. 11 (1999) on Plans of Action for Primary Education (Article 14 of the Covenant)
12. CESCR General Comment No. 12 (1999) on the Right to Adequate Food (Article 11 of the Covenant)
13. CESCR General Comment No. 13 (1999) on the Right to Education (Article 13 of the Covenant)
14. CESCR General Comment No. 14 (2000) on the Right to the Highest Attainable Standard of Health (Article 12)
15. Revised General Guidelines Regarding the Form and Contents of Reports to be Submitted by States Parties Under Articles 16 and 17 of the ICESCR (1991)
16. CEDAW General Recommendation No. 13 (1989) on Equal Remuneration for Work of Equal Value
17. CEDAW General Recommendation No. 16 (1991) on Unpaid Women Workers in Rural and Urban Family Enterprises
18. CEDAW General Recommendation No. 18 (1991) on Disabled Women
19. CEDAW General Recommendation No. 24 (1999) on Women and Health

1. Vienna Declaration and Plan of Action
2. Beijing Declaration: Fourth World Conference on Women
3. Copenhagen Declaration on Social Development
4. Istanbul Declaration on Human Settlements

1. Limburg Principles on the Implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
2. Maastricht Guidelines on Violations of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
3. Bangalore Declaration and Plan of Action Regarding Economic, Cultural and Social Rights and the Role of Lawyers
4. Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement
5. Comprehensive Human Rights Guidelines on Development-Based Displacement

1. The Realization of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
2. The Right to Adequate Housing
3. The Relationship Between the Enjoyment of Human Rights, in Particular Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and Income Distribution
4. The Question of the Impunity of Perpetrators of Human Rights Violations
5. The Right to Adequate Food and to be Free from Hunger
6. Violence Against Women
7. The Right to Education
8. Effects of Structural Adjustment Policies on the Full Enjoyment of Human Rights
9. Human Rights and Extreme Poverty

Section Two: Regional Instruments and Resources

1. European Social Charter
2. European Social Charter Collective Complaints Procedure
3. European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms—Protocol One
4. European Convention on the Legal Status of Migrant Workers
5. European Community Charter of Fundamental Social Rights for Workers
6. Treaty Establishing the European Community
7. American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man
8. American Convention on Human Rights
9. Additional Protocol to the American Convention on Human Rights in the Area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights ("Protocol of San Salvador")
10. Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence Against Women
11. African [Banjul] Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights
12. African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child


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