Bringing Socio-Economic Rights Back into the Mainstream
University College London - Faculty of Laws
July 27, 2009
Human rights values have an ever-growing impact on contemporary societies. However, socio-economic rights remain the poor cousins of their civil and political counterparts. Recent “revitalization” of the key international socio-economic rights instruments, along with the emergence of new models of constitutional protection of these rights in Latin America, India and South Africa, has generated considerable interest. However, socio-economic rights remain by and large marginal, because of often outdated philosophical assumptions as to their lack of substantive content. This often means that our sophisticated vocabulary of rights is of little use to the homeless or the destitute or other disadvantaged groups. As a first step to combating the marginalisation of socio-economic rights, it is necessary that bodies charged with interpreting and applying socio-economic rights develop a rigorous, rational and coherent jurisprudence, to show that socio-economic rights can be given a substantive and meaningful content.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 31
Keywords: Human Rights, Socio-economic Rights
JEL Classification: K30, K10
Date posted: January 27, 2010