Launch of The Right to the Continuous Improvement of Living Conditions
Book Launch of the Right to Continuous Improvement of Living Conditions
About this event
What does the right to the continuous improvement of living conditions in Article 11(1) of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights really mean and how can it contribute to social change? The book explores how this underdeveloped right can have valuable application in response to global problems of poverty, inequality and climate destruction, through an in-depth consideration of its meaning.
The book and the seminar seeks to interpret and give meaning to the right as a legal standard, giving it practical value for those whose living conditions are inadequate. It locates the right within broader philosophical and political debates, whilst also assessing the challenges to its realisation. It also explores how the right relates to human rights more generally and considers its application to issues of gender, care and the rights of Indigenous peoples. The contributors deeply probe the meaning of ‘living conditions’, suggesting that these encompass more than the basic rights to housing, water, food, and clothing. The chapters provide a range of doctrinal, historical and philosophical engagements through grounded analysis and imaginative interpretation. The book includes chapters from renowned and emerging scholars working across disciplines from around the world.
Prof Sandra Liebenberg (former Member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights), author of the preface to the book, will introduce the seminar, followed by a conversation with the editors of the book, Jessie Hohmann and Beth Goldblatt, along with chapter contributors, Sandra Fredman and Meghan Campbell
- 10:00 - 10:10
- Welcome and opening remarks
Speakers:Prof Sandra Liebenberg
- 10:10 - 10:20
- Editor comments
Speakers:Prof Beth Goldblatt
- 10:20 - 10:30
- Editor comments
Speakers:A/Prof Jessie Hohmann
- 10:30 - 10:40
- Contributor comments
Speakers:Prof Sandra Fredman
- 10:40 - 10:50
- Contributor comments
Speakers:Dr Meghan Campbell
A/Prof Jessie HohmannAssociate Professor Faculty of Law
Dr. Hohmann joined UTS Faculty of Law as Associate Professor in 2019. She is an internationally recognised expert on the right to housing in international law. Her research also engages with the material culture, objects and materiality of international law, and with Indigenous Peoples and international law. Her 2013 monograph The Right to Housing: Law, Concepts, Possibilities (Hart) was shortlisted for the Society of Legal Scholars Peter Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship. She is also the editor of Hohmann and Joyce (eds) International Law Objects (OUP 2018) and Hohmann and Weller (eds) The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: A Commentary (OUP 2018).
Before joining UTS she was Senior Lecturer in Law at Queen Mary, University of London (2012-2019), and held a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Cambridge (2009-2012). She held an Independent Social Research Foundation Early Career Fellowship, pursuing research on the materiality and objects of international law in 2017-18.
Dr. Hohmann holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, a LLM from Sydney Universtity, a LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School (York University) and a BA from the University of Guelph.
Dr Meghan CampbellDeputy-Director of the Oxford Human Rights Hub
Meghan Campbell is the Deputy-Director of the Oxford Human Rights Hub. She is also a Law Lecturer at the University of Birmingham. She was previously the Weston Junior Research Fellow, New College, Oxford University. Her research explores how the international human rights system can best respond to gender inequality and poverty.
Prof Beth GoldblattProfessor Law Health Justice
Beth Goldblatt is a Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology Sydney and a Visiting Professor in the School of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. She is an international expert on social and economic rights with a global reputation as a feminist legal scholar. She researches and teaches in the areas of feminist legal theory, equality and discrimination law, comparative constitutional law, and human rights with a focus on economic and social rights, and the right to social security in particular. Beth’s work informs court decisions, law reform and policy development across jurisdictions on issues of gender, poverty and inequality. Beth is the Internships Program Head and joint convener of the Faculty Equity and Diversity Group.
Prof Sandra FredmanProfessor of Law
Sandra Fredman is a Professor of the Laws of the British Commonwealth and the USA at Oxford University, professorial fellow at Oxford’s Pembroke College, Founder and Director of the Oxford Human Rights Hub. She has published widely on human rights, labour law and equality law. Her books include Women and the Law, Discrimination Law, Human Rights Transformed and Comparative Human Rights. She was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2005 and became a QC (honoris causa) in 2012.
Prof Sandra LiebenbergH.F. Oppenheimer Chair in Human Rights Law
Professor Sandra Liebenberg (BA LLB (UCT); LLM (Essex); LLD (Witwatersrand)) is the H.F. Oppenheimer Chair in Human Rights Law and Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Law, University of Stellenbosch. She is also Co-Director of the Faculty’s Socio-Economic Rights and Administrative Justice Research Project (SERAJ). She previously served as Chair of the Technical Committee advising the Constitutional Assembly on the drafting of the Bill of Rights in the 1996 Constitution of South Africa. She serves on the editorial boards of a number of human rights law journals in South Africa and abroad as well as on the board of directors of a number of national and international NGOs active in the field of socio-economic rights. She has been involved in supporting public interest litigation and advocacy in the area of socio- economic rights for a number of years. She has published widely in the field of socio-economic rights, and is the author of the monograph, Socio-Economic Rights: Adjudication under a Transformative Constitution (2010, Juta & Co) and co-editor of Law and Poverty: Perspectives from South Africa and Beyond (Juta & Co, 2011). In December 2014, she received the University of Stellenbosch’s top accolade, a Chancellor’s Award, for her contribution to community service in the field of law in South Africa. In 2016, she was elected as a member of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the body which supervises compliance by States Parties with their obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966).