Dignity: A Special Focus on Vulnerable Groups

Posted: 5 Mar 2017

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Evan Fox-Decent

McGill University - Faculty of Law

Frederic Megret

McGill University - Faculty of Law

Florian Hoffman

University of Toronto - Department of Economics

Adelle Blackett

McGill University - Faculty of Law

Francois Crepeau

McGill University - Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism

Alana Klein

Faculty of Law, McGill University

Rene Provost

McGill University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: December 16, 2010

Abstract

In this essay, we offer a framework for thinking about workers in precarious conditions in both North and South by exploring the conditions of domestic workers around the world and matching these against the standards for decent work developed by the ILO, which in our view gives meaning to the dignity clauses of the UDHR. The paper considers what a human dignity based decent work framework can offer that the traditional emphasis on rights has missed. In our view, certain elements of the framework of human dignity are useful for exploring questions of inclusion, but also issues of process and outcomes in promoting rights. Thus how rights are delivered to particular social groups can be assessed on the basis of whether it preserves the dignity of persons by respecting their agency and self determination, or whether it reduces them to supplicants or infantilizes them, thus depriving them of dignity.

Keywords: UDHR, Human Rights, Labour Rights, Indigenous Rights, Dignity, Self-Determination

JEL Classification: K30, K31, K32, J80, J83

Suggested Citation

Fox-Decent, Evan and Mégret, Frédéric and Hoffman, Florian and Blackett, Adelle and Crepeau, Francois and Klein, Alana and Provost, René, Dignity: A Special Focus on Vulnerable Groups (December 16, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1726321

Evan Fox-Decent (Contact Author)

McGill University - Faculty of Law ( email )

3644 Peel Street
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Frédéric Mégret

McGill University - Faculty of Law ( email )

3644 Peel Street
Montreal H3A 1W9, Quebec
Canada

Florian Hoffman

University of Toronto - Department of Economics ( email )

150 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G7
Canada

Adelle Blackett

McGill University - Faculty of Law ( email )

3644 Peel Street
Montreal H3A 1W9, Quebec
Canada
(514) 398-5096 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.mcgill.ca/law/about/profs/blackett-adelle

Francois Crepeau

McGill University - Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism ( email )

Chancellor Day Hall
3644 Peel Street
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1W9
Canada

Alana Klein

Faculty of Law, McGill University ( email )

3644 Peel Street
Montreal H3A 1W9, Quebec
Canada

René Provost

McGill University - Faculty of Law ( email )

3644 Peel Street
Montreal H3A 1W9, Quebec
Canada

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