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The Right to the Continuous Improvement of Living Conditions

Responding to Complex Global Challenges

Editor(s): Jessie Hohmann, Beth Goldblatt
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Published: 21-10-2021
Format: EPUB eBook (?)
Edition: 1st
Extent: 352
ISBN: 9781509947843
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: Oñati International Series in Law and Society
RRP: £76.50
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About The Right to the Continuous Improvement of Living Conditions

What does the right to the continuous improvement of living conditions in Article 11(1) of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights really mean and how can it contribute to social change? The book explores how this underdeveloped right can have valuable application in response to global problems of poverty, inequality and climate destruction, through an in-depth consideration of its meaning.

The book seeks to interpret and give meaning to the right as a legal standard, giving it practical value for those whose living conditions are inadequate. It locates the right within broader philosophical and political debates, whilst also assessing the challenges to its realisation. It also explores how the right relates to human rights more generally and considers its application to issues of gender, care and the rights of Indigenous peoples. The contributors deeply probe the meaning of 'living conditions', suggesting that these encompass more than the basic rights to housing, water, food, and clothing. The chapters provide a range of doctrinal, historical and philosophical engagements through grounded analysis and imaginative interpretation.

With a foreword by Sandra Liebenberg (former Member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights), the book includes chapters from renowned and emerging scholars working across disciplines from around the world.

Table Of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Contributors

Foreword
Sandra Liebenberg (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)

1. Introduction: Developing the Neglected Right to the Continuous Improvement of Living Conditions in a Challenging Context
Jessie Hohmann (University of Technology Sydney, Australia) and Beth Goldblatt (University of Technology Sydney, Australia)

Part I. Defining and Interpreting the Right: the ICESCR and the Work of the CESCR

2. Sources for A Nascent Interpretation of the Right to the Continuous Improvement of Living Conditions: The Travaux Préparatoires and the Work of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Jessie Hohmann (University of Technology Sydney, Australia)

3. Cooperating to Continuously Improve
Meghan Campbell (University of Birmingham, UK)

Part II. Responding to the Right within its Economic Context

4. The Right to the Continuous Improvement of Living Conditions as a Response to Poverty
Luke Graham (Coventry University, UK)

5. Is Financial Inclusion a Proxy for Peoples' Continuous Improvement of Living Conditions?
Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky (Universidad Nacional de Río Negro, Argentina) and Francisco Cantamutto (National University of the South, Argentina)

6. The Right to the Continuous Improvement of Living Conditions as a Meta Right and the Need to Reassess the Progressive Realisation of Social Rights and of the Right to Social Security: Canada as a Case Study
Lucie Lamarche (Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada)

Part III. Understanding the Right in Light of Other Human Rights Interpretations

7. The Right to the Continuous Improvement of Living Conditions: Understanding Forgotten Rights
Naomi Lott (University of Nottingham, UK)

8. The Right to the Continuous Improvement of Living Conditions and Human Rights of Future Generations – a Circle Impossible to Square?
Sigrun Skogly (Lancaster University, UK)

9. From Dignified Life to the Right to the Continuous Improvement of Living Conditions: New Synergies and Possibilities in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights
Isaac de Paz González (Autonomous University of Baja California, Mexico)

Part IV. Continuous Improvement, Gender and Care

10. (Dis)Continuous Improvement: Canada, Indigenous Peoples, Lobster and Child Welfare
Jeffery Hewitt (York University, Canada)

11. The Work of Living - Social Reproduction and the Right to the Continuous Improvement of Living Conditions
Beth Goldblatt (University of Technology Sydney, Australia)

12. Measure for Measure: The Challenges of Measuring Continuous Improvement and Lessons from the Sustainable Development Goals
Sandra Fredman (University of Oxford, UK)

13. Entangled Rights and Reproductive Temporality: Legal Form, Continuous Improvement of Living Conditions, and Social Reproduction
Ruth Fletcher (Queen Mary University of London, UK)

Index

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