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Volume: 14 Number: 2

Title: ESCR-Net: International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Source/Sponsoring Agency: International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights


Date Checked: 9/4/2008      Status: Active

Date Annotated: 9/2/2008

Topics: Economics; Education Law; Employment Law; Environmental Law; Food and Drug Law; Foreign Law; Housing Law; Human Rights Law; International Law; Public Benefits

Other keywords: Economic, social and cultural rights

Contents: Economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) include work, health, education, food, water, housing, social security, healthy environment, and culture. ESCR-Net is a way for human rights activists to share information and collaborate. Legal researchers in this field will find several useful features within the Issues & Resources and Caselaw Database sections on the main navigation bar. Issues provides a page for each ESCR with links to the relevant provision of the International Covenant on ESCR and its General Comment. A brief description of the right is followed by a list of “Legal Instruments” and another list of “Additional Resources.” Pertinent sidebar information includes news, events, cases, related resources, and the network members involved in protecting that particular right. Issues also includes pages on “Resources Related to the Protection and Promotion of ESCR” and “Resources Related to ESCR,” such as: websites, organizations, articles, conferences, UN documents, regional materials, and a relatively small list (11 links) under “ESCR Libraries, Publications, and Links” (e-books, articles, organizations). The Caselaw Database currently contains 72 cases, which are broadly defined to include “ … decisions of courts, administrative tribunals, international judicial and quasi-judicial bodies, review bodies of international financial institutions, national human rights institutions and other legal entities.” Cases are searchable by keyword, country, 22 global forums, and over 70 thematic issues. The entire database is browsable. Cases can be sorted by name, date, country, or forum. Decisions are presented with ESCR-Net’s editorial enhancements of title, country, thematic focus, forum and date of decision, nature of the case, summary, enforcement of the decision and other outcomes, and significance of the case. More importantly for researchers looking for primary materials, case documents are available (some in PDF) and contacts for the groups involved. Secondary sources accompany each case. The Caselaw Database will continue to grow. There is some overlapping of resources and the mouse-over lists of contents may not appeal to everyone. The Caselaw Database, a multifaceted resource, has well-designed research features and materials.

Author of Annotation: J. Callihan

Last Modified: 6/20/2012