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Applying an International Human Rights Framework to State Budget Allocations

Rights and Resources, 1st Edition

By Rory O'Connell, Aoife Nolan, Colin Harvey, Mira Dutschke, Eoin Rooney


272 pages

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Human rights based budget analysis projects have emerged at a time when the United Nations has asserted the indivisibility of all human rights and attention is increasingly focused on the role of non-judicial bodies in promoting and protecting human rights. This book seeks to develop the human rights framework for such budget analyses, by exploring the international law obligations of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) in relation to budgetary processes. The book outlines international experiences and comparative practice in relation to economic and social rights budget analysis and budgeting.

The book sets out an ICESCR-based methodology for analysing budget and resource allocations and focuses on the legal obligation imposed on state parties by article 2(1) of ICESCR to progressively realise economic and social rights to 'the maximum of available resources'. Taking Northern Ireland as a key case study, the book demonstrates and promotes the use of a ‘rights-based’ approach in budgetary decision-making.

The book will be relevant to a global audience currently considering how to engage in the budget process from a human rights perspective. It will be of interest to students and researchers of international human rights law and public law, as well as economic and social rights advocacy and lobbying groups.

Table of Contents

Part 1 1. Contexts 2. Economic and Social Rights-Based Budget Analysis: An overview 3. A Human Rights Framework: Exploring Article 2(1) ICESCR obligations 4. A Human Rights Framework: An analysis of the tripartite typology and the obligations of non-discrimination and process Part 2 5. Mental Health 6. Social Housing 7. Local meets the Global

About the Authors

Rory O'Connell is Professor in Human Rights and Constitutional Law at the Transitional Justice Institute/School of Law, University of Ulster. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of human rights, equality and constitutional law.

Aoife Nolan is Professor of International Human Rights Law at the School of Law, University of Nottingham, She has published extensively in the areas of human rights, particularly in relation to economic and social rights and children's rights.

Colin Harvey is Professor of Human Rights Law, School of Law, Queen's University Belfast. He has written widely on human rights and constitutional law. He served as a Commissioner on the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (2005-2011) and is a former Head of the School of Law at Queen's (2007-2012).

Mira Dutschke has a postgraduate degreee in Human Rights law and 10 years research experience in Southern Africa, Northern Ireland the the United States. She teaches at the University of Cape Town and works as an environmental news and film producer, and researcher.

Eoin Rooney is a social researcher. He is currently Coordinator of the Centre for Economic Empowerment, a think tank and skills development project within the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NCVA).

About the Series

Routledge Research in Human Rights Law

This series contains thought-provoking and original scholarship on human rights law. The books address civil and political rights as well as social, cultural and economic rights, and explore international, regional and domestic legal orders. The legal status, content, obligations and application of specific rights will be analysed as well as treaties, mechanisms and institutions designed to promote and protect rights.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Public
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Affairs & Administration
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / State & Provincial
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Economic Policy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights