Interpreting Limits

Katharine G. Young

in Constituting Economic and Social Rights

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199641932
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191746086 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Constitutional Theory

Interpreting Limits

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This chapter considers how the application of economic and social rights may be limited according to the same legal apparatus that establishes them. A six-part presentation of the varying modes of limiting rights is provided, which includes the doctrines and textual requirements of progressive realization, reasonable limitation, suspension, derogation, override, reservation, amendment, and underenforcement. Constitutional law and international human rights law ensure that these constraints on rights are subject to their own justificatory constraints. Two processes of justification, which are contained in reasonableness review and proportionality analysis, are discussed. These are examined in light of the South African Constitution and the South African Constitutional Court’s approach to interpreting the limits of economic and social rights, and in light of other comparative examples from Germany, Canada and the European and United Nations human rights instruments

Keywords: progressive realization; reasonable limitation; suspension; derogation; override; reservation; amendment; underenforcement; proportionality; reasonableness review; South African constitution

Chapter.  14945 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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