Home » Posts tagged with » ICESCR

A New Frontier? Human Rights and Public Finance

A New Frontier? Human Rights and Public Finance

The link between human rights and states’ resource policies is currently a hot topic politically as well as academically. In the aftermath of the recent global economic and financial crises the implementation of economic and social rights in particular has faced a push-back from politicians advocating austerity budgets. Appeals to resource scarcity are commonly invoked [...]

Bringing balance to the international law with long-term perspectives

Bringing balance to the international law with long-term perspectives

Editor’s Note: This post is a follow-up to an earlier post by Karen Moir prior to the July 4th and 5th conference in Geneva on intergenerational equity. On July 4th and 5th I co-chaired a conference in Geneva that was hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Future Council (WFC), on [...]

ICESCR Optional Protocol: Reconciling Standards of Review

ICESCR Optional Protocol: Reconciling Standards of Review

Until very recently, there was no individual complaint procedure for a violation of the rights enshrined in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR); for almost forty years, the only way to monitor the implementation of the ICESCR was through the reporting mechanism. With the entry into force of the Optional Protocol [...]

Entry into force of the New Optional Protocol to the ICESCR

Entry into force of the New Optional Protocol to the ICESCR

The new Optional Protocol (OP) to the UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) entered into force on 5 May 2013. The OP recognizes the competence of the Committee to receive and consider communications submitted by or on behalf of individuals or groups of individuals, under the jurisdiction of a State Party, [...]

Yordanova and others v Bulgaria: an Illustration of the Absence of Watertight Divisions Between the Social Right to Adequate Housing and the Civil Right to Respect for one’s Home.

Yordanova and others v Bulgaria: an Illustration of the Absence of Watertight Divisions Between the Social Right to Adequate Housing and the Civil Right to Respect for one’s Home.

By Adélaïde Remiche – On 24 April 2012, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) handed down a unanimous judgment in the case of Yordanova and others v Bulgaria, in which it ruled against Bulgaria for its attempt to remove Bulgarian nationals of Roma origin from their homes which had been unlawfully built on a municipal [...]

Gendered Poverty: A Role for the Right to Social Security

By Beth Goldblatt The welfare safety net has been eroded in many developed countries over recent decades. Since the global financial crisis, austerity measures involving welfare cutbacks have worsened poverty in a number of European nations. This crisis has also had a major impact on the economies of the developing world, leading to food insecurity, [...]

A Quick Overview

Blog posts have been coming in thick and fast over the last month. To help you get up to speed, the editorial team has put together a quick summary of some of the major themes. Justice Verma Committee on Indian sexual violence laws The Justice Verma Committee submitted its report on the reform of India’s [...]