Author: Williams, Lucy (ed.)
Publisher: Zed Books
Publication Date: 15 Jan 2006

While law and development discourse has dealt with international poverty, advocates of poverty reduction usually operate within a nation-state context. This book provides a new framework for the future theoretical development of international poverty law. It also explores specific human rights initiatives that address particular aspects of poverty, including human rights conventions, measures to counter the tendency of intellectual property law to undermine food security, the right to food as framed in UN development documents, and the startlingly important development in South Africa of an alternative vision of constitutional law. The contributors position international poverty law as a legitimate field for multidisciplinary research and dialogue, and open up new arenas for international poverty law to contribute to addressing poverty reduction.

Table of Content:s

1. Introduction: Toward an Emerging International Poverty Law – Lucy Williams

2. How Can Human Rights Contribute to Poverty Reduction? A Philosophical Assessment of the Human Development Report – Asuncion Lera St. Clair

3. Poverty as a Failure of Entitlement: Do Rights-Based Approaches make Sense? – Bas de Gaay Fortman

4. Biodiversity vs. Biotechnology: An Economic and Environmental Struggle for Life – Margarita Gabriela Prieto-Acosta

5. The Right To Food : The Significance of the United Nations Special Rapporteur – Ahmed Aoued

6. South African Poverty Law: The Role and Influence of International Human Rights Instruments – Marius Olivier and Linda Jansen Van Rensburg

7. Child Labour in India and the International Human Rights Discourse – Debi S. Saini

8. Privatizing Human Rights? The Role of Corporate Codes of Conduct – Aurora Voiculescu

9. Developing Universal Anti-Poverty Regimes: The Role of the United Nations in the Establishment of International Poverty Law – Gabriel Amitsis

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