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From the Publisher"This book provides eloquent testimony to the fact that the debate about the justiciability of social rights has come of age."
—Philip Alston, Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law
In the space of two decades, social rights have emerged from the shadows and margins of human rights jurisprudence. The authors in this book provide a critical analysis of almost two thousand judgments and decisions from twenty-nine national and international jurisdictions. The breadth of the decisions is vast, from the resettlement of evictees to the regulation of private medical plans to the development of state programs to address poverty and illiteracy. The jurisprudence not only implicates our understanding of economic, social, and cultural rights, but also challenges the philosophical debates that question whether these rights can and should be justiciable.
Part I. Overview: 1. The justiciability of social rights: from practice to theory Malcolm Langford; 2. The challenges of crafting remedies for violations of socio-economic rights Kent Roach; 3. The right to legal aid in social rights litigation Andrea Durbach; Part II. Select National Jurisdictions: 4. South Africa Sandra Liebenberg; 5. India S. Muralidhar; 6. South Asia Iain Byrne and Sara Hossain; 7. Colombia Magdalena Sepúlveda; 8. Argentina Christian Courtis; 9. Brazil Flavia Piovesan; 10. Venezuela Enrique Gonzalez; 11. Canada Martha Jackman and Bruce Porter; 12. The United States Cathy Albisa and Jessica Schultz; 13. Hungary Malcolm Langford; 14. France Laurent Pech; 15. United Kingdom Jeff A. King; 16. Ireland Aoife Nolan; Part III. Regional Procedures and Jurisprudence: 17. African regional human rights system Danwood Mzikenge Chirwa; 18. The inter-American commission on human rights Tara J. Melish; 19. The inter-American court of human rights Tara J. Melish; 20. European court of human rights Luke Clements and Alan Simmons; 21. The European committee of social rights Urfan Khaliq and Robin Churchill; 22. European court of justice Philippa Watson; Part IV. International Human Rights Procedures and Jurisprudence: 23. Committee on economic, social and cultural rights: past, present and future Malcolm Langford and Jeff A. King; 24. Committee on the elimination of racial discrimination Nathalie Prouvez; 25. Human rights committee Martin Scheinin; 26. Committee on the elimination of discrimination against women Leilani Farha; 27. Committee on the rights of the child Geraldine Van Bueren; Part V. Special Topics: 28. The international labor organization Colin Fenwick; 29. Liability of multinational corporations Sarah Joseph; 30. The World Bank inspection panel Dana Clark.