Using international social and economic rights in anti-poverty advocacy

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Poverty and Human Rights Centre Law Sheet: Using International Social and Economic Rights in Anti-Poverty Advocacy

International human rights law has an important role to play in advocacy work designed to advance the rights of poor people in Canada. How can advocates use human rights treaties in their advocacy before courts, tribunals, and legislative bodies? What have Canadian courts said about the role of international human rights treaties in the interpretation of legislation, the Charter? What is the interplay between social and economic rights that are binding on Canada under international treaties, and rights to equality, and life, liberty and security of the person, under the Charter? This Law Sheet, produced by the Poverty and Human Rights Centre, is concerned with the role of international human rights in the interpretation of laws in Canada, and in the exercise of administrative discretion. It is intended to assist lawyers, front line advocates, and non-governmental organizations who rely on the human rights framework in their advocacy before tribunals and courts, to assist members of vulnerable groups. It is specifically focused on the domestic enforcement of social and economic rights.

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