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Dilemmas in promoting global economic justice through human rights law

Wilde, RG; (2016) Dilemmas in promoting global economic justice through human rights law. In: Bhuta, N, (ed.) The Frontiers of Human Rights: Extraterritoriality and its Challenges. (pp. 127-176). Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK. Green open access

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What is the value of human rights law in the struggle against global poverty and economic inequality? The present chapter offers a critical evaluation of this enquiry, using the case study of an activist initiative concerning the extraterritorial application of international human rights law based on the 2011 ‘Maastricht Principles’ and associated Commentary. It considers some of the dilemmas involved in this project: between hope and reality, between elitism, orientalism and patriarchy, on the one hand, and representativeness in its various forms, on the other, and between statism and globalism/cosmopolitanism. It then looks behind the claims made about the law’s value, to consider how the law’s substantive content is understood, what the merits of this are, and what underlying assumptions about global economic change are embedded in it. In the process it offers broader observations about the potential and limitations of international human rights law for activism.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Dilemmas in promoting global economic justice through human rights law
ISBN-13: 9780198769279
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-fronti...
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © Ralph Wilde 2016. This is an open access version distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial No Derivatives 4.0 International licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). It is permitted to disseminate and reproduce this chapter for non-commercial purposes, in any medium, provided the original work is not altered in any way and is properly cited. This chapter was originally published in The Frontiers of Human Rights edited by Nehal Bhuta and reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press.
UCL classification: UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences
UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Laws
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1477638
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