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This book brings together all essential documents, materials, and case law relating to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and its Optional Protocol, one of the most important human rights instruments in international law.
This book presents extracts from primary material alongside commentary and analysis, placing the documents in their wider context and situating economic, social, and cultural rights within the broader human rights framework. There is increasing interest internationally, regionally, and in domestic legal systems in the protection of economic, social, and cultural rights.
The Optional Protocol of 2008 allowed for individual communications to be made to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights for the first time. At the regional level, socio-economic rights are well embedded in human rights systems in Europe and Africa. At the national level, constitutions and courts have increasingly regarded socio-economic rights as justiciable, narrowing the traditional divide with civil and political rights.
This book contextualises these developments within the role and impact of the ICESCR, and assesses the nature of those rights which are outside the Convention, such as the right to water, the rights of indigenous peoples, the right to development, and rights to peace and security.
Providing detailed analysis of the ICESCR structured around its articles, drawing on national as well as international case law and materials, and containing all of the key primary materials in its extensive appendices, this book is ideal for the judiciary, human rights practitioners, human rights activists, government institutions, academics, and students alike.