The Applicability of Economic and Social Rights to the UN Security Council

Nigel D. White

in Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights in Action

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780199217908
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191705380 | DOI:
 The Applicability of Economic and Social Rights to the UN Security Council

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This chapter examines the applicability of economic, social, and cultural rights (ESC rights) to the UN Security Council, to determine whether it is bound to respect human rights law generally, and ESC rights in particular, when acting under Chapter VII of the UN Charter. This includes instances when it imposes economic sanctions against states and against individuals (such as those suspected of terrorism), and when it establishes a post-conflict administration in a state. It is argued that while the primary rules of international law, including fundamental economic and social rights, are applicable to the activities of the Security Council, the UN system is woefully inadequate in ensuring the accountability of the Security Council in this, or in any other, regard.

Keywords: United Nations; international law; human rights; accountability; Chapter VII UN Charter; economic sanctions

Chapter.  9998 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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