Collaborative Research Networks

CRN47  Economic and Social Rights


Stephen Gasteyer and Azubike Onuora-Oguno

This CRN brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars from around the world working on economic and social rights, including the rights to education, health, decent work, social protection, an adequate standard of living and the benefits of science. Although these rights were neglected for many years, in the last two decades, scholars and practitioners have made significant gains in both conceptualizing and implementing these rights. This field is closely related to the work on human rights and poverty, human development and capabilities, and equality and nondiscrimination law. Together, this broader area of study addresses the content of these previously marginalized rights, the rights of disadvantaged groups and the potential for human rights frameworks and concepts to be more inclusive and holistic, as well as methodologies for measuring the impact of economic and social rights on the well-being of individuals and communities.

The CRN on Economic and Social Rights includes scholars from many fields, including law, philosophy, history, economics, sociology, international relations, political science and social policy. Our goals are to (1) support productive collaboration of human rights scholars across disciplines within the law and society community, (2) promote awareness of international human rights in general, and economic and social rights in particular, within the law and society community, and (3) attract new generations of students to the study of human rights within a socio-legal studies framework. We do this by organizing panels at annual meetings and providing opportunities for networking and collaboration during the year.


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