Litigating Economic and Social Rights in Africa


AFLA Publication, (2004)

This publication contains a collection of papers addressing different aspects of economic and social rights. It addresses the definition and interrelationship of these rights, their implementation in African countries and their enforceability. One of the main issues raised in the publication is whether and to what extent economic and social rights are judicially enforceable. Should African judges and courts show restraint when confronted with violations of economic and social rights? The publication pays special attention to women, children and other vulnerable groups who are likely to suffer the most due to their marginalized social and economic status.

In addition, this book contains proposals on how the realization and enforcement of economic and social rights can be best promoted in practice and what role courts, legislators, administrations, international organizations and civil society should play in this regard.