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Why should it matter that others have more? Poverty, inequality, and the potential of international human rights law

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A concern with ensuring minimum standards of dignity for all and a doctrine based on the need to secure for everyone basic levels of rights have traditionally shaped the way in which international human rights law addresses poverty. Whether this minimalist, non-relational approach befits international law objectives in the area of world poverty begs consideration. This article offers three justifications as to why global material inequality – and not just poverty – should matter to international human rights law. The article then situates requirements regarding the improvement of living conditions, a system of equitable distribution in the case of hunger, and in particular obligations of international cooperation, within the post-1945 international effort at people-centred development. The contextual consideration of relevant tenets serves to demonstrate that positive international human rights law can be applied beyond efforts at poverty alleviation to accommodate a doctrine of fair global distribution.

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http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/39547/1/Why_should_it_matter_that_others_have_more_Poverty%2C_inequality%2C_and_the_potential_of_international_human_rights_law%28LSERO%29.pdf

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