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Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights in Action$
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Mashood Baderin and Robert McCorquodale

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199217908

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217908.001.0001

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

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

(p.89) 5 The Applicability of Economic and Social Rights to the UN Security Council
Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights in Action

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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

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