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Redistribution, Suffering, and the Human Rights Paradox, Paper presentation by Dr Margot Salomon

Dates:
  • Tue 30 Jan 2018 17.00 - 19.00
  Add to Calendar 2018-01-30 17:00 2018-01-30 19:00 Europe/Paris Redistribution, Suffering, and the Human Rights Paradox, Paper presentation by Dr Margot Salomon

International human rights law in the area of socio-economic rights relies on redistribution. The reinvigoration of the right to social security through the commitment to social protection floors in the Sustainable Development Goals is one recent expression. Yet in providing for socio-economic rights, meeting basic needs, and furthering equality we see endorsed the means by which growth today is achieved, with all its attendant harms and dislocations. This is the paradoxical (and problematic) approach taken by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The celebrated focus on redistribution without scrutinizing the means by which it will be provided for obscures the economic arrangements that engender poverty, inequality and alienation in the first place, arrangements upon which the Committee relies in its efforts to see Covenant rights secured. As this paper will explore, dispossession, displacement and ecological destruction prefigure seemingly progressive social policies disproving the ‘neutral’ application of socio-economic rights, as has long been the doctrinal claim, and inviting us to interrogate how the realization of human rights prevents deprivation just as it reinforces the systems through which suffering is made possible.

Sala degli Stemmi 1st Floor, V.Sa. DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala degli Stemmi 1st Floor, V.Sa.

International human rights law in the area of socio-economic rights relies on redistribution. The reinvigoration of the right to social security through the commitment to social protection floors in the Sustainable Development Goals is one recent expression. Yet in providing for socio-economic rights, meeting basic needs, and furthering equality we see endorsed the means by which growth today is achieved, with all its attendant harms and dislocations. This is the paradoxical (and problematic) approach taken by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The celebrated focus on redistribution without scrutinizing the means by which it will be provided for obscures the economic arrangements that engender poverty, inequality and alienation in the first place, arrangements upon which the Committee relies in its efforts to see Covenant rights secured. As this paper will explore, dispossession, displacement and ecological destruction prefigure seemingly progressive social policies disproving the ‘neutral’ application of socio-economic rights, as has long been the doctrinal claim, and inviting us to interrogate how the realization of human rights prevents deprivation just as it reinforces the systems through which suffering is made possible.


Location:
Sala degli Stemmi 1st Floor, V.Sa.

Affiliation:
Academy of European Law

Type:
Special event

Contact:
Anny Bremner (EUI - Academy of European Law) - Send a mail

Discussant:
Marie-Catherine Petersmann (EUI - Law Department)
Matthew Canfield (Max Weber Fellow, Department of Law, EUI)
 
 
 

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