The optional protocol to the International Covenant on Social and Cultural Rights in Ireland; will it make a difference?

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Abstract

As a response to the divide in International Law between civil and political rights and social and economic rights, the United Nations in June 2008 adopted the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights which for the first time allows for an international forum to determine breaches of social and economic rights within domestic systems. The task of bringing such an optional protocol to fruition was one fraught with opposition, particularly from states who grant little or no judicial protection to social and economic rights. Ireland is one of those states where the fight to judicially protect social and economic rights has been met with fierce resistance. Having now signed the Optional Protocol, will this make any difference to the domestic regime in Ireland?
Original languageEnglish
JournalSocio-Legal Studies Review
Volume2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

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