Social Rights in a Global Economy

  • Urs Marti


The issue of global justice in the socioeconomic sphere refers to the question of whether or not the global legal order can be regarded as fair. Economic globalization has found its complement in juridical globalization, which confirms the traditional hierarchy of rights. If international organizations can define new legal norms, which are obliging for nation-states and can effectively be enforced, the implementation is far more successful in the case of rights protecting private property and the freedom of contract than in the case of rights promoting the freedom of action of those excluded from economic power. Which arguments allow either justifying or criticising this asymmetry? According to conservative theories, distributive justice cannot apply to an economic order based on the market, and individuals are entitled to rights mainly as market actors. However, radical theories advocate rights, that enable their bearers to resist economic and social coercion.


World Trade Organization Private Property Distributive Justice Market Actor International Labour Organization 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universität ZürichZürichSwitzerland

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