The course will begin with a discussion on the place of economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights within contemporary international human rights law. It will outline the legal and historical sources of ESC rights, followed by a discussion of the duty of states to implement these rights and an analysis of the nature of state obligations for ESC rights and a description of the international monitoring system for ESC rights. The course will also briefly review of the current debate on international obligations in the context of the controversial right to development. Among the substantive ESC rights, the course will address:
- property as an ESC right;
- the right to work and the rights at work;
- the right to social security and to an adequate standard of living with a special focus on the right to food;
- the right to the highest attainable standard of health;
- the right to education and rights in education;
- cultural rights, including the right of everyone to benefit from advances in science and technology, authors’ rights and its distinction from the more general intellectual property rights, and the cultural rights; of minorities and indigenous peoples.