Socio-Economic Rights

Setting the Record Straight on Socio-Economic Rights Adjudication: Kenya Supreme Court’s Judgment in the Mitu-Bell Case

Setting the Record Straight on Socio-Economic Rights Adjudication: Kenya Supreme Court’s Judgment in the Mitu-Bell Case

On 11 January 2021, the Kenyan Supreme Court delivered the judgment in Mitu-Bell Welfare Society. The case concerned the unlawful eviction and demolition of the homes of over 3,000 families...
Kenyan Supreme Court on Structural Interdicts and Application of UN Guidelines on Evictions

Kenyan Supreme Court on Structural Interdicts and Application of UN Guidelines on Evictions

The Kenyan Supreme Court has overturned a Court of Appeal decision which found that the forceful eviction of the inhabitants of Mitumba village was not in violation of their fundamental...
Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Reading of the Fair Housing Act:  An Interpretive Approach Aligned with Legislative Policy

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Reading of the Fair Housing Act: An Interpretive Approach Aligned with Legislative Policy

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s long tenure on the U.S. Supreme Court produced a limited but meaningful body of work in fair housing cases. Although overshadowed by her historic rulings on gender-based...
Kenya’s Constitutional Court Certifies Structural Interdict as an Interlocutory Remedy

Kenya’s Constitutional Court Certifies Structural Interdict as an Interlocutory Remedy

Kenya’s constitutional court has demonstrated its flexibility in facilitating the progressive realisation of the constitutional aspirations through the rapidly evolving jurisprudence on Article 43 of the Constitution of Kenya 2010....
Right to housing and dignity denied: Indian Supreme Court orders eviction of slum dwellers within 3 months

Right to housing and dignity denied: Indian Supreme Court orders eviction of slum dwellers within 3 months

In a recent order passed in the case of MC Mehta v. Union of India, the Supreme Court has given directions to remove around 48,000 slum dwellings that run along...
Advancing a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland

Advancing a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland

In times of crisis, the protection of human rights is fundamental. Covid-19 presents unprecedented challenges for any government. However, for a government in a post-conflict setting, such as Northern Ireland,...
Covid-19 and the Indian Supreme Court’s refusal to lift internet restrictions in Kashmir

Covid-19 and the Indian Supreme Court’s refusal to lift internet restrictions in Kashmir

The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir had passed an order to restrict the internet speed in the entire Union Territory to 2G. On 11th May 2020, the Indian Supreme...
The Future of Socio-Economic Rights in Nigeria: Beyond COVID-19

The Future of Socio-Economic Rights in Nigeria: Beyond COVID-19

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the enjoyment of human rights in various countries, particularly socio-economic rights such as the right to an adequate standard of living, right to...
The Right to Nutrition and Basic Education: Ensuring Access to School Meals in South Africa

The Right to Nutrition and Basic Education: Ensuring Access to School Meals in South Africa

In Equal Education and Others v Minister of Basic Education, the organisation Equal Education and the school governing bodies of two public schools (“the applicants”), represented by SECTION27 and the...
A drought-stricken and marginalised Tharparkar: The right to water and COVID-19 in Pakistan

A drought-stricken and marginalised Tharparkar: The right to water and COVID-19 in Pakistan

The people of Tharparkar (Thar), Pakistan, called ‘Tharis’, have been facing water scarcity for years. In the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the provision of quality water is essential. While...
COVID-19, Emergency Basic Income and the Right to Life in Brazil

COVID-19, Emergency Basic Income and the Right to Life in Brazil

The coronavirus outbreak hit Brazil at a particularly difficult moment. Since 2016, Constitutional Amendment (EC) nº. 95 is in force. The provision, dubbed the “mother of all austerity plans“, limits...
We Must Stop the Corona Crash Becoming a Depression, with Ten Social Rights

We Must Stop the Corona Crash Becoming a Depression, with Ten Social Rights

The corona virus has triggered a stock market crash sharper and faster than the global financial crisis. It threatens a depression unless we aggressively protect social rights. Companies with plummeting...

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