International Human Rights Law and Destitution
Luke Graham, "International Human Rights Law and Destitution "
English | ISBN: 1032074728 | 2022 | 192 pages | PDF | 7 MB
This book explores destitution from the perspective of international human rights law and, more specifically, economic, social, and cultural rights.
The experience of destitution correlates to the non-realisation of a range of economic, social, and cultural rights. However, destitution has not been defined from this perspective. Consequently, the nexus between destitution and the denial of economic, social, and cultural rights remains unrecognised within academia and policy and practice. This book expressly addresses this issue and in so doing renders the nexus between destitution and the non-realisation of these rights visible. The book proposes a new human rights-based definition of destitution, composed of two parts. The rights which must be realised (the component rights) and the level of realisation of these rights which must be met (the destitution threshold) to avoid destitution. This human rights-based understanding of destitution is then applied to a UK case study to highlight the relationship between government policy and destitution, to illustrate how destitution manifests itself, and to make recommendations - founded upon engendering the realisation of economic, social, and cultural rights - aimed towards addressing destitution.