Integrating Human Rights? Socio-Economic Rights and Budget Analysis

Colin Harvey, Eoin Rooney

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This article explores an opportunity for mutual learning between the fields of human rights law and economic analysis. Specifically it considers how economic techniques might be used to appraise public expenditure in line with international obligations arising from the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights 1966 (ICESCR). Our argument is that such tools do have the potential to contribute to this aim, but that embedding them within government budget processes through “human rights mainstreaming” may prove problematic in practice. We therefore suggest, as part of a broader strategy which includes judicial enforcement, that mainstreaming initiatives and budget analysis can be useful as complementary tools for the full realisation of all human rights.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266-279
JournalEuropean Human Rights Law Review
Issue numbernull
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2010


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