Putting Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights Back on the Agenda of the United States

NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 09-35

Center for Human Rights and Global Justice Working Paper No. 22, 2009

24 Pages Posted: 1 May 2009 Last revised: 31 May 2009

Philip Alston

New York University School of Law

Date Written: May 1, 2009

Abstract

For almost three decades the United States has played a central role in discouraging and sometimes blocking the development of the concept of economic, social and cultural rights, particularly in the context of the international human right regime. US opposition has not, however, followed a single unchanging course and this article traces the historical evolution of the relevant policy from 1945 through 2008. It concludes by advocating a policy of constructive engagement in relation to these rights on the part of the new administration.

Keywords: human rights, economic and social rights, international law, united nations, human rights council

JEL Classification: K33, K32, I30

Suggested Citation

Alston, Philip, Putting Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights Back on the Agenda of the United States (May 1, 2009). NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 09-35. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1397703 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1397703

Philip Alston (Contact Author)

New York University School of Law ( email )

40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012-1099
United States

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