The Contemporary Human Rights Social Agenda: Stocktaking of the Protection of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Tuesday June 12, 2012
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington DC
Room 603



The creation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) in 2001 served as a catalyst to connect issues of development with the protection of economic, social and cultural rights. From the human rights perspective, the United Nations established new special procedures to monitor compliance with basic economic and social rights. Moreover, states took a step forward in the protection of these rights by adopting the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which allows individuals to bring complaints at the international level alleging violations of those rights. These international actions were matched by an active judiciary in many domestic jurisdictions that began adjudicating violations of economic, social and cultural rights on the basis of newly adopted constitutional provisions influenced by existing international standards. The adoption of these policies, procedures and treaties in the international sphere—as well as the development of new judicial approaches at the domestic level—have transformed the debate as to the centrality of the protection of economic, social and cultural rights. This panel will appraise the impact of those developments in the concrete realization of these rights and explore the challenges lying ahead.          

Catarina de Albuquerque, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation

Christian Courtis, Human Rights Officer, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Mac Darrow, Coordinator, Millennium Development Goals Section, Office of the UN High Commissioner for  Human Rights

Moderator: Rodrigo Uprimny, Director, Centro de Estudios de Derechos, Justicia, y Sociedad


Presented by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law




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