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Why should it matter that others have more? Poverty, inequality and the potential of international Human Rights Law

Salomon, Margot E. (2010) Why should it matter that others have more? Poverty, inequality and the potential of international Human Rights Law. LSE law, society and economy working papers (15-2010). Department of Law, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

A concern with ensuring minimum standards of dignity for all and a doctrine based on the need to secure for everyone basic levels of rights have traditionally shaped the way in which international human rights law addresses poverty. Whether this minimalist, non-relational approach befits international law objectives in the area of world poverty begs consideration. This paper offers three justifications as to why global material inequality – and not just poverty – should matter to international human rights law. The paper then situates requirements regarding the improvement of living conditions, a system of equitable distribution in the case of hunger, and in particular obligations of international cooperation within the post-1945 international effort at people-centred development. The contextual consideration of relevant tenets serves to demonstrate that positive international human rights law can be applied beyond efforts at poverty alleviation to accommodate a doctrine of fair global distribution.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/law/wps/index.htm
Additional Information: © 2010 The Author
Divisions: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Sets: Departments > Law
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2011 10:33
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2020 00:06
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/32893

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