Transnational obligations and economic and social rights (2003)
When do wealthier societies have a duty to help much poorer ones? What are the limits of a government’s obligations to people in other countries? To what extent do a government’s duties abroad take priority over responsibilities to its own citizens? Are such obligations merely ethical or do they include a legal dimension?
In considering such questions, this report draws on human rights law to strengthen more familiar appeals to ethics and self-interest, and provides additional tools that citizens and officials alike can use to argue for more dynamic and effective international action to end poverty and injustice.
The publication includes a preface by Mary Robinson.
Biographical affiliation was accurate when research took place.
David Petrasek, Research Director, ICHRP, 1998-2002. For more information on this project, please contact Fairouz El Tom, Outreach and Publications Coordinator, ICHRP.
From January 2003 Robert Archer, Executive Director, ICHRP, further revised and edited the report.
Michael Freeman, Professor, Department of Government, Essex University; Director, MA in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights.
Dharam Ghai, Advisor, International Institute of Labour Studies, Geneva.
Mia Horn af Rantzien, Secretary, GLOBKOM, a Swedish Parliamentary Committee set up to examine Swedish development aid policy.
Paul Hunt, Member, the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; Professor, Department of Law, Essex University.
Arjun Sengupta, Professor, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Independent Expert on the Right to Development, United Nations Human Rights Commission.
Christopher Boyd, Fulbright scholar currently pursuing graduate studies in philosophy at the University of Geneva.
Martin Brookes, Economist, Economic Relations Adviser, Amnesty International.
Sigrun Skogly, Law Lecturer, University of Lancaster.
Anne-Marie Smith, consultant.
Zaki Wahhaj, graduate in economics, Yale University; Doctorate Candidate in development economics, MIT.
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