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Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights in Action$
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Mashood Baderin and Robert McCorquodale

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199217908

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217908.001.0001

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The United Kingdom and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

The United Kingdom and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

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(p.257) 11 The United Kingdom and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
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Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights in Action
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Ed Bates (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217908.003.0011

This chapter explores how the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) has been of relevance for the British government in recent years and the British government's view on the nature and status of Covenant rights, in particular their susceptibility to incorporation into domestic law. It looks at the 1996 UK Report to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR Committee) under the Conservative administration and the 2001 UK Report under the ‘new’ Labour administration. It shows that both these reporting rounds revealed a significant disparity of views between the ESCR Committee and the British government as regards the susceptibility of Covenant rights to incorporation into UK law.

Keywords:   UK, ICESCR, human rights, Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, British government

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