Introductory Note to the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

International Legal Materials, Vol. 48, 2009

20 Pages Posted: 23 Apr 2009 Last revised: 27 Jun 2009

Tara J. Melish

SUNY Buffalo Law School

Date Written: April 22, 2009

Abstract

This Introductory Note to the publication in ILM of the newly-adopted Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (OP-ICESCR) seeks to put the primary source document in proper context by briefly explaining its history, content, and significance in international law. The Note is accompanied by the text of the OP-ICESCR, adopted by the U.N. General Assembly on December 10, 2008 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The OP creates an individual complaints procedure for alleged violations of the ICESCR, rectifying a thirty year asymmetry in human rights treaty law.

Keywords: human rights, treaties, adjudication, international law, international instruments, social rights

Suggested Citation

Melish, Tara J., Introductory Note to the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (April 22, 2009). International Legal Materials, Vol. 48, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1393568

Tara J. Melish (Contact Author)

SUNY Buffalo Law School ( email )

School of Law
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Buffalo, NY 14260-1100
United States
(716) 645-2257 (Phone)

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