From Policies Against Poverty to the Human Right Not to be Poor

By Marios Papandreou

Poverty is a serious violation of human rights; this has been reiterated in numerous, national and international, documents and studies. The impact of poverty on the enjoyment of human rights has been explored extensively, and several commitments to eradicate poverty through promotion and protection of all human rights have been undertaken at a national, regional, and international level. There is, however, a question that has not been answered clearly and explicitly, and this is precisely the question that the author of this book attempts to answer. Is it possible at this time to shift from the idea of poverty being a violation of various human rights to the idea of freedom from poverty being a distinct and separate new human right, which could simply be called "the right not to be poor"? The author examines whether or not those responsible for dealing with poverty at a global and domestic level, namely international organisations and national states, have slowly but clearly moved from perceiving poverty as a violation of a number of rights to recognising a human right not to be poor. Author Marios Papandreou illustrates how international organisations and national states very often decide on and implement policies, adopt legislation or create case law, based on a firm belief that people have the right to be protected against poverty. The author attempts to elucidate the nature of the right not to be poor and its possible sources and theoretical foundations. He sheds light on several interesting aspects of its implementation at a national and international level. Dissertation [Subject: Human Rights Law, Socio-Legal Studies]

Publication Date: 9/29/2016
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9789462403277