ESCR-Net members launch book on the enforcement of ESCR

Publish Date: 
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Several ESCR-Net members launched a book on the enforcement of economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) in March 2017. The book, "Social Rights Judgments and the Politics of Compliance" (Cambridge Univ. Press), was edited by Malcolm Langford, César Rodríguez-Garavito and Julieta Rossi.

The origins of this book, which carries comparative studies on the implementation of ESCR, lie in a meeting organized by the International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR- Net) in Bogota, in collaboration with the University of Oslo, the University of Los Andes, the Center for Law, Justice and Society (Dejusticia) and the University of Lanús in Argentina.

As highlighted by its editors, “this publication is the first comparative and interdisciplinary study that closely analyses the issue of compliance. Not only does it map the degree to which judgments are implemented but it also examines the casual factors and strategies which have proved useful in practice.” 

The Strategic Litigation Working Group and contributions of specific authors via the following member organizations ultimately made this publication possible: ACIJ (Argentina), CELS (Argentina), CRR (US), Dejusticia (Colombia), LRC (South Africa), NESRI (US), and SRAC (Canada). In addition, Malcolm Langford and Julieta Rossi, as individual members, together with César Rodríguez-Garavito, the Executive Director of Dejusticia, edited the publication.