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Constituting Economic and Social Rights

Katharine G. Young

Abstract

Food, water, health, housing and education are as fundamental to human freedom and dignity as are privacy, religion or speech. Yet only recently have legal systems began to secure these fundamental individual interests as rights. This book looks at the dynamic processes that "constitute" the legality of economic and social rights. It argues that processes of interpretation, enforcement and contestation each reveal how economic and social interests can be protected as human and constitutional rights, and how their protection changes public law. Using constitutional examples from South Africa, C ... More

Keywords: constitutional rights, human rights, interpretation, adjudication, enforcement, contestation, comparative public law, health care, housing, water

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199641932
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641932.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katharine G. Young, author
Senior Lecturer, Australian National University College of Law