Much Ado About Poverty: The Role of a UN Special Rapporteur

Alston, P., Khawaja, B., & Riddell, R. (n.d.). Much Ado about Poverty: The Role of a UN Special Rapporteur. Poverty and Social Justice, Forthcoming

NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 19-31

10 Pages Posted: 9 Aug 2019

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Philip Alston

New York University School of Law

Bassam Khawaja

New York University School of Law

Rebecca Riddell

New York University (NYU)

Date Written: July 30, 2019

Abstract

This article explores the challenges involved for a United Nations Human Rights Council independent expert, or ‘Special Rapporteur’, in investigating and evaluating the situation of people in poverty in a wide range of countries, given the diversity of contexts, factors, and resource availability that inevitably arise. As a case study to illustrate the main issues, the article takes a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the November 2018 visit to the United Kingdom by the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. Attention is paid to the process, outcomes, and responses by civil society, policymakers, and the public. It then considers whether human rights is a useful lens through which to address poverty, and whether an outside human rights expert has much to contribute in a wealthy country with a vibrant academic community, civil society, and media.

Suggested Citation

Alston, Philip and Khawaja, Bassam and Riddell, Rebecca, Much Ado About Poverty: The Role of a UN Special Rapporteur (July 30, 2019). Alston, P., Khawaja, B., & Riddell, R. (n.d.). Much Ado about Poverty: The Role of a UN Special Rapporteur. Poverty and Social Justice, Forthcoming; NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 19-31. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3429230

Philip Alston (Contact Author)

New York University School of Law ( email )

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Bassam Khawaja

New York University School of Law ( email )

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

Rebecca Riddell

New York University (NYU) ( email )

Bobst Library, E-resource Acquisitions
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New York, NY 10003-711
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