The International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights: A Perspective on Its Development

The International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights: A Perspective on Its Development

The International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights: A Perspective on Its Development

The International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights: A Perspective on Its Development

Synopsis

Despite their formal legal recognition in a number of international instruments since 1945, economic, social and cultural rights have long been marginalised and ignored as a category of human rights. This is particularly apparent with respect to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), which was intended to form part of the `International Bill of Rights' alongside its sister covenant `The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights'. This study represents the first detailed examination of the origins and development of the ICESCR, drawing in particular upon the work of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The author addresses in detail particular aspects of the Covenant such as the role of the Committee in the supervision process, the nature of state obligations, the principle of non-discrimination, and the rights to work, to join and form Trade Unions, to housing, and to food. This original and scholarly work offers a timely examination of an increasingly significant human rights instrument, and will be of value to all those interested in Human Rights and International Law.

Excerpt

This work originated as a doctoral thesis prepared at the University of Nottingham. It provides an exhaustive account of the International Covon Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and makes a substantial contribution to the existing literature.

The subject-matter of the Covenant extends to some areas of notorious complexity, including trade union rights, the right to strike and closed shop agreements. Other topics of interest examined are the concept of discrimination, the right to housing and the right to food. The whole extended family of Covenant-related topics is examined with scholarly care and appropriate candour. A particular feature of the work is its meticulous documentation.

The Oxford Monographs series now includes four significant studies in the field of human rights.

IAN BROWNLIE.

All Souls College, OXFORD.

23rd February 1995.

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