Socio-Economic Rights

New Zealand Supreme Court Recognises Fiduciary Duties To Enforce Collective Indigenous Rights

New Zealand Supreme Court Recognises Fiduciary Duties To Enforce Collective Indigenous Rights

Judgments were delivered by the New Zealand Supreme Court on 28 February 2017 in Wakatu v Attorney-General. The High Court and Court of Appeal decisions had relied on the notion...
A Controversial Judgment of the Spanish Constitutional Court: Excluding Irregular Migrants from Free Healthcare

A Controversial Judgment of the Spanish Constitutional Court: Excluding Irregular Migrants from Free Healthcare

Last July, the Spanish Constitutional Court issued a contentious judgment in one of a number of pending constitutional challenges to a modification to the Spanish national health-care system. The changes...
Improving Legal Literacy in the Struggle for the Right to Education

Improving Legal Literacy in the Struggle for the Right to Education

On 15 February 2017, a partnership of civil society organisations that have been involved in rights-based struggles for access to a quality basic education launched a Basic Education Rights Handbook....
Confronting Ongoing Racial Discrimination in Schools Admissions Policies in South Africa

Confronting Ongoing Racial Discrimination in Schools Admissions Policies in South Africa

I am now in my final month of working for the Legal Resources Centre and Rhodes University as the Oxford Human Rights Hub Travelling Fellow for 2016. This fellowship has...
Social Rights in the New Economic Architecture of the European Union

Social Rights in the New Economic Architecture of the European Union

What started in the United States as the subprime mortgage crisis in 2008 led the European Union to fundamentally rethink its socio-economic governance tools, calling into question the balance between...
Aadhaar’s Bearing on India’s Public Distribution System and the Right to Food

Aadhaar’s Bearing on India’s Public Distribution System and the Right to Food

Since 1951 India’s Public Distribution System (PDS) has operated as a safety net for millions of poor households. The System provides fixed quantities of food grains at affordable prices. In...
Inequality and Discrimination faced by Religious Minorities in Pakistan

Inequality and Discrimination faced by Religious Minorities in Pakistan

Pakistan is one of the worst countries to live in as a member of a religious minority group, due to the lack of human rights protection accorded to minority communities....
Socioeconomic rights researchers, advocates and practitioners gather at Åbo Akademi University

Socioeconomic rights researchers, advocates and practitioners gather at Åbo Akademi University

Through this blog, I share what I have learned from recently attending a week long advanced course on the justiciability of social, economic and cultural rights (SECR). The annual course...
A Strong Voice For Women: The CEDAW Committee Reviews Canada

A Strong Voice For Women: The CEDAW Committee Reviews Canada

For the first time in eight years the Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) has reviewed Canada’s record on women’s rights....
Human Rights and the SDGs: Progress or a Missed Opportunity?

Human Rights and the SDGs: Progress or a Missed Opportunity?

On 25 September 2015 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which would replace the Millennium Development Goals...
Indigenous Peoples and Land Demarcation in Brazil: A Never-Ending Process?

Indigenous Peoples and Land Demarcation in Brazil: A Never-Ending Process?

From 7 to 17 March 2016, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, visited three Brazilian states and the Federal District in order to assess and...
Food Deserts In Appalachia: A Socio-Economic Ill and Opportunities for Reform

Food Deserts In Appalachia: A Socio-Economic Ill and Opportunities for Reform

Food deserts constitute a public health phenomenon in which communities lack sufficient access to nutritious whole foods. The U.S. Appalachian region currently faces a food desert crisis of problematic proportions:...

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