This is a database of positive domestic, regional and international legal decisions from around the world regarding economic, social and cultural rights. These case summaries provide greater awareness about global ESCR issues, effective litigation strategies, progressive jurisprudence, and creative implementation tactics. Our case summaries are available primarily in English and Spanish, with a growing number also in French and Arabic.
To suggest additional cases for inclusion in the database, please contact Fernando Delgado, Strategic Litigation Working Group Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Caselaw Databases
Useful ESCR caselaw can also be found in the following databases, external to ESCR-Net:
- African Child Rights Case Law Database
- Child Rights International Network Legal Database
- Global Health and Human Rights Database
- Legal Depository of Cases using Human Rights Law to Achieve Better Social Protection
- Private Actors and the Right to Education Caselaw Database
- United Nations treaty body jurisprudence
- WaterLex Legal Database
- World Legal Information Institute (WorldLII) databases
Please note that ESCR-Net is not responsible for the content or updating of these databases. To suggest other databases to add to this list, please contact Fernando Delgado, Strategic Litigation Working Group Program Coordinator, at email@example.com.
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Peoples’ Law Tribunals
Law, as a codified expression of our values and how we choose to live together in societies, is generally created by governments (as influenced by corporate and other interests – see ESCR-Net’s Corporate Capture Project) and enforced through formal state institutions such as courts. However, other forms and sources of law and legal interpretation exist, which act as alternatives to the dominant legal frameworks. For example, peoples’ law tribunals (PLT) seek to reclaim the right to judge, create law, ensure participatory decision-making processes, and highlight existing accountability gaps. Examples of PLTs with particular relevance to ESCR issues include:
- Indian/Independent People's Tribunal
- Permanent People’s Tribunal
- Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on the Human Wrongs Committed by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank
- People’s Tribunal on Economic Crime
Please note that ESCR-Net is not responsible for the content or updating of these websites. To suggest other links to add to this list, please contact Fernando Delgado, Strategic Litigation Working Group Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to contributors
The caselaw database is made possible due to the support of ESCR-Net members, many of whom have contributed or reviewed cases, as well as a number of allies. ESCR-Net expresses its special appreciation to the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy at Northeastern University (PHRGE) which provides ongoing support to the case database.