Evelyne Schmid: Taking economic, social and cultural rights seriously in international criminal law
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For a long time, economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) were considered as a ‘socialist manifesto thinly veiled in the language of rights’,1 and its full enforcement was opposed on the basis of political ideology. However, since the Vienna Declaration of the World Conference on Human Rights 1993, there has been a growing demand for the strict enforcement of ESCR, and the boundary between the first (civil and political rights) and second (ESCR) generations of rights concerning their implementation has weakened. This debate is equally relevant in the case of international criminal law. So, if conflicts can lead to infringement of civil and political rights, they equally infringe the ESCR.
Evelyne Schmid’s book Taking Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Seriously in International Criminal Lawmaps the relationship between ESCR and international crimes. Based on a comprehensive study, this book argues that the elements of international crimes overlap with the violations of ESCR and...