This book deals with the complex and challenging relationship between economic policy and human rights. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, the need to address the conceptual and methodological (dis)connects between these two areas is more pressing than ever.
Inspired by the 2019 United Nations Guiding Principles on Human Rights Impact Assessments (HRIA) for Economic Reform Policies, this book brings together experts working on human rights and economic policy from a range of disciplinary perspectives, including economics, law, and development studies. The contributions reflect a huge body of professional experience in the academic, policy-making, advocacy, and practitioner fields. They cover issues including the politics of evidence in the context of HRIA, economic inequality, child rights impact assessment of economic reforms, economic policy and women’s human rights, tax regimes for multinational corporations and human rights, as well as the human rights impacts of the economic fall-out of the COVID-19 pandemic. The collection also includes the text of the Guiding Principles themselves. It constitutes a crucial volume for scholars, policymakers, advocates and others working on the burning topic of human rights and economic policy reform.
The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of The International Journal of Human Rights.
1 Human rights and economic policy reforms
Aoife Nolan and Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky
2 Human rights impact assessments and the politics of evidence in economic policymaking
Allison Corkery and Gilad Isaacs
3 Human rights and democracy in economic policy reform: the European COVID-19 response under scrutiny
4 Economic inequality and human rights impact assessments of economic reforms
5 Ex ante children’s rights impact assessment of economic policy
6 Economic policy and women’s human rights: a critical political economy perspective
7 Re-righting the international tax rules: operationalising human rights in the struggle to tax multinational companies
Olivier De Schutter, Nicholas J. Lusiani and Sergio Chaparro
8 Guiding principles on human rights impacts assessments of economic policy reforms
Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky