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Poverty of Rights

Willem Van Genugten Camillo Perez- Bustillo
Price: $ 27.5

Political leaders, social scientists and lawyers now pay more attention to two, not necessarily related, issues: the reduction of poverty and a respect for human rights enshrined in law. This volume links these issues, arguing that law is no panacea for the intractable problem of poverty. But it can be an indispensable basis for, and complement to, social mobilization, strengthened in turn by socially engaged and critical social science. Vigorous advocacy of compliance with international human rights norms and explicit incorporation and actionability of such standards in national legal frameworks can play a role in the struggle to reduce, and ultimately eradicate, global poverty and social injustice.

The contributors include lawyers and social scientists from a number of disciplines. Largely eschewing a set of country case studies, but paying particular attention to indigenous peoples and their struggles against poverty, they explore a range of important questions relating to the intersection of human rights and poverty, including the relatively new notion of the right to development.

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