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

Paperback | April 1, 1998

byMatthew C. R. Craven

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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, Socialand 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 inparticular 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, andthe 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.

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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, Socialand Cultural Rights (ICESCR), which was inten...

Dr Mathew Craven is senior lecturer in law at the department of law, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Format:PaperbackPublished:April 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198267886

ISBN - 13:9780198267881

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback EditionIntroductionThe Background of the CovenantThe System of SupervisionState ObligationsNon-Discrimination and EqualityThe Right to WorkJust and Favorable Conditions of WorkTrade Union RightsThe Right to an Adequate Standard of LivingConclusionAppendix 1: The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural RightsAppendix 2: The States Party to the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural RightsAppendix 3: General Comment No. 1 (1989)General Comment No. 2 (1990)General Comment No. 3 (1990)General Comment No. 4 (1990)Bibliography

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`a particularly welcome addition to the growing list of human rights titles.'International and Comparative Law Quarterly