Contextualising the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Assessing the Economic Deficit

Contextualising the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Assessing the Economic Deficit

by Mary Dowell-Jones

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789004139084
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/16/2004
Series: International Studies in Human Rights Series , #80
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Abstract;
Table of Abbreviations;
Acknowledgements;
1. Introduction;
2. The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Theory and Problems;
A. Issues of Legal Quality;
B. Layers of Obligation in the ICESCR:
i. Aspects of Immediate Obligation;
ii. Minimum Core Content/Minimum Threshold;
iii. Obligations to Respect/Protect/Fulfil;
C. Residual Problems;
D. Conclusion;
3. Article 2(1) ICESCR: Economic Parameters of State Obligations;
A. ‘to take steps … by all appropriate means, including particularly the adoption of legislative measures’;
B. ‘to the maximum of its available resources’;
C. ‘to achieve progressively the full realization of the rights’;
D. Towards a More Comprehensive Paradigm of State Obligations;
E. Conclusion;
4. CESCR Practice – an Economic Deficit?;
A. Defining the Parameters of Available Resources:
i. Hong Kong’s Financial Reserves;
ii. The Covenant and Congo’s Catastrophe;
B. Globalisation and Developing Countries;
i. Trade Liberalisation: Mexico and NAFTA;
ii. Argentina: Structural Reform and Financial Crisis;
C. Corruption;
D. The Minimum Wage;
E. Future Directions for the Covenant in Advanced Economies:
i. European Unemployment;
ii. Welfare Reform;
F. Conclusion;
5. Contextualising the Covenant: Aspects of the Evolving Global Economic Framework;
A. Trans-National Corporations and the Global Re-Organisation of Production;
B. The Deregulation of Financial Markets;
C. Conclusion;
6. Future Directions for the Covenant?;
A. Structural Reform:
i. Reform Possibilities Within the Existing Committee Structure;
ii. Enhancing Co-operation with the Specialised Agencies;
iii. An Optional Protocol to the ICESCR;
iv. More Radical Reform Options;
B. Methodological Reform:
i. Focused Questioning;
ii. Integrity of Concluding Observations;
C. Conclusion;
7. Conclusion; Bibliography.

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