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The Social Rights Jurisprudence in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

Shadow and Light in International Human Rights Isaac de Paz González, Autonomous University of Baja California, Mexico
Working with progressive conceptual categories relating to indigenous property, cultural identity, the right to an adequate standard of living and healthcare, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights continues to build a justiciability to determine the social rights of marginalised individuals and groups in the Americas. In a context of interpretative tensions of the social rights as political goals and direct effects provisions, Isaac de Paz González unveils the abilities, and the practices of the Inter-American Court’s contribution to the human rights practice in the Global South.
Extent: 256 pp
Hardback Price: $125.00 Web: $112.50
Publication Date: 2018
ISBN: 978 1 78811 303 8
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  • Law - Academic
  • Criminal Law and Justice
  • Human Rights
  • Public International Law
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights continues to build justiciability to determine the social rights of marginalised individuals and groups in the Americas. In this engaging book, Isaac de Paz González unveils the abilities, and the practices of the Inter-American Court’s contribution to human rights policy in the Global South.

This innovative book offers a thorough and complete examination of the Inter-American Court’s jurisprudence over its forty years of existence, within the framework of Economic and Social Rights (ESR). The author offers a concise discussion of both the historic and landmark cases in regards to ESR, and its theoretical basis, as well as giving insight into how to further improve and protect the lives of the most vulnerable people in the Americas. This book also exposes the possibility of enforcing legal remedies for poverty and structural discrimination in order to seek social justice.

Contemporary and insightful, this book will be vital reading for legal scholars and students interested in human rights more broadly, as well as social justice and social rights specialists. Judges, practitioners and policymakers will also find this book a thought-provoking read.


‘In recent years, inequality and the denial of social rights have gained increasing prominence on the human rights agenda in response to the return of the worst features of the Gilded Age. This up-to-date review of the past twenty years of the relevant jurisprudence of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights highlights impressive recent initiatives taken by the Court. It is an important reference work for understanding the evolution of this major system of rights protection.’
– Philip Alston, New York University, School of Law, US

‘Isaac de Paz González provides a valuable survey of the jurisprudence of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights dealing with the rights of indigenous peoples and children, the rights of labour, and the right to health. The book is an important resource for students and scholars to reflect on important questions about the interactions among rights, about complex remedies, and about compliance with human rights.’
– Mark Tushnet, Harvard University, US
Contents: 1. Constitutional law and international human rights law in the Inter-American system: approaches, tensions and setting the social rights scene 2. Indigenous rights: old issues, new methods? protecting excluded groups 3. Deprivation of life and marginalisation: trends in children’s social rights 4. Jurisprudence On the Right to Health and Education 5. Labour rights: the path to a direct interpretation of Article 26 ACHR 6. Slavery and poverty on trial: light and shadow Conclusions