June 15, 2011: New Resource: Maximum Available Resources & Human Rights: Analytical Report
Center for Women's Global Leadership at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
Written by Radhika Balakrishnan, Diane Elson, James Heintz and Nicholas Lusiani
Maximum Available Resources & Human Rights: Analytical Report examines the many ways that governments can access financial resources in order to fulfill their obligation to use ‘maximum available resources' (MAR) for the realization of economic, social and cultural rights. The report highlights numerous questions and issues which could be raised in this context, and draws on a rich set of discussions between economists and human rights experts who met at the Center for Women's Global Leadership in December 2010. In most cases, the questions and issues are broad and represent a starting point for rethinking the concept of maximum available resources. A detailed application of these ideas requires taking into account specific economic, social, and political situations on a country-by-country basis. Nevertheless, the report lays the groundwork for a much more expansive consideration of what it means to use the maximum available resources to realize fundamental human rights.