Introduction: The Drafting of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, 1948-1966
THE INTERNATIONAL COVENANT ON ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS: TRAVAUX PREPARATOIRES, B. Saul, ed, Oxford University Press, UK, 2016
33 Pages Posted: 22 Sep 2015 Last revised: 17 Jan 2017
Date Written: September 21, 2015
The increasing attention to economic, social and cultural rights in legal practice and scholarship renders their origins of renewed interest and importance in international law. This paper introduces a new book-length collection of the travaux préparatoires of one of the world’s two foremost human rights instruments, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. This paper explores the legal origins of the economic, social and cultural rights in the Covenant, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, the United Nations Charter of 1945, the American Law Institute’s Statement of Essential Human Rights of 1944, the Inter-American Juridical Committee’s Draft Declaration of the International Rights and Duties of Man of 1945, the Atlantic Charter of 1941 and Roosevelt’s ‘Four Freedoms’ of 1942, and the national legal traditions of socialist and Latin American states.
Keywords: Economic, social and cultural rights, International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Universal Declaration of Human Rights
JEL Classification: K10, K30, K33
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