Human rights in crisis: securing the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) in economic downturns
by Rachael Lorna Johnstone; Aðalheiður Ámundadóttir
International Journal of Human Rights and Constitutional Studies (IJHRCS), Vol. 1, No. 1, 2013

Abstract: In this paper, the authors analyse states parties' obligations under the ICESCR in times of economic crisis according to the international legal framework of obligations of conduct and result. In respect of the covenant's obligations of result, the authors examine the implementation of the progressive realisation standard, with an emphasis on the minimum core of rights, prioritisation of the most vulnerable members of society and the criteria necessary for the permissibility of regressive measures. They then consider five obligations of conduct: to submit reports; to develop plans of actions; to monitor outcomes; to take some measures; and to eliminate discrimination.

Online publication date: Sat, 16-Mar-2013

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