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Economic and Social Rights After the Global Financial Crisis

Edited by: Aoife Nolan

ISBN13: 9781107618428
Published: January 2016
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2014)
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The global financial and economic crises have had a devastating impact on economic and social rights. These rights were ignored by economic policy makers prior to the crises and continue to be disregarded in the current 'age of austerity'. This is the first book to focus squarely on the interrelationship between contemporary and historic economic and financial crises, the responses thereto, and the resulting impact upon economic and social rights.

Chapters examine the obligations imposed by such rights in terms of domestic and supranational crisis-related policy and law, and argue for a response to the crises that integrates these human rights considerations. The expert international contributors, both academics and practitioners, are drawn from a range of disciplines including law, economics, development and political science.

The collection is thus uniquely placed to address debates and developments from a range of disciplinary, geographical and professional perspectives.

Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Introduction Aoife Nolan

Part I. Painting the Big (Global) Picture: The Crises and Economic and Social Rights Protection Internationally:
1. Alternatives to austerity: a human rights framework for economic recovery Magdalena Sepulveda Carmona
2. Late-Neoliberalism: the financialisation of homeownership and the housing rights of the poor Raquel Rolnik and Lidia Rabinovich
3. The role of global governance in supporting human rights: the global food price crisis and the right to food Olivier de Schutter

Part II. Teasing Out Obligations in a Time of Crisis:
4. Two steps forward, no steps back? Evolving criteria on the prohibition of retrogression in economic, social and cultural rights Aoife Nolan, Nicholas Lusiani and Christian Courtis
5. Extraterritorial obligations, financial globalisation, and macroeconomic governance Radhika Balakrishnan and James Heintz

Part III. Exploring Responses to Financial and Economic Crisis:
6. Austerity and the faded dream of a 'social Europe' Colm O'Cinneide
7. Rationalising the right to health: is Spain's austere response to the economic crisis impermissible under international human rights law Nicholas Lusiani
8. Tough times and weak review: the 2008 economic meltdown and the enforcement of socio-economic rights in US state courts Helen Hershkoff and Stephen Loffredo
9. The promise of a minimum core approach: the Colombian model for judicial review of austerity measures David Landau
10. The impact of the Supreme Court of Argentina on ESCR in the decade following the 2001/2003 crises Ezequiel Nino and Gustavo Maurino
11. Recession, recovery and service delivery: political and judicial responses to the financial and economic crisis in South Africa Anashri Pillay and Murray Wesson.