International Poverty Law

An Emerging Discourse

Edited by Lucy Williams


Presents a theoretical framework for the development of international poverty law.
This book seeks to advance the emerging field of international poverty law. While law and development discourse has dealt with international poverty, advocates of poverty reduction customarily operate within a nation-state context. The contributors to this volume, while largely, although not exclusively, relying on human rights discourse and United Nations, International Labour Organization and World Trade Organization initiatives as their primary legal sources, begin to position international poverty law as a legitimate field for transnational, multidisciplinary legal research and dialogue. While critiquing both legal theory and current policy, they nevertheless open up a constructive prospect of specific arenas in which the development of international poverty law can contribute to addressing poverty reduction.

The opening chapters of this volume provide a framework within which to position the future theoretical development of international poverty law. The rest of the book explores specific human rights initiatives that address particular aspects of poverty. These include an overview of human rights conventions and how they can be connected to international poverty law; measures required to counter the tendency of intellectual property law as applied to biological products and processes to undermine food security; the right to food as framed in United Nations development documents; the potential role that voluntary codes of conduct currently being adopted by some transnational corporations might play in poverty reduction; and the startlingly important development in the new South Africa of an alternative vision of constitutional law that takes account of international human rights instruments in moving towards rendering social and economic rights justifiable.

Author Bio

Lucy Williams is Professor of Law at the Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, USA

Table of Contents

  • Contents
  • 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 2000- 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


Publication Date: 1 January 2006
256 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781842776858
eBook ePub: 9781848137103
eBook PDF: 9781848131491
eBook Kindle: 9781780328140
Library Edition: 9781842776841

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