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Economic liberties and human rights, edited by Jahel Queralt and Bas van der Vossen

The status of economic liberties remains a serious lacuna in the theory and practice of human rights. Should a minimally just society protect the freedoms to sell, save, profit and invest? Is being prohibited to run a business a human rights violation? While these liberties enjoy virtually no support from the existing philosophical theories of human rights and little protection by the international human rights law, they are of tremendous importance in the lives of individuals, and particularly the poor. Like most individual liberties, economic liberties increase our ability to lead our own life. When we enjoy them, we can choose the occupational paths that best fit us and, in so doing, define who they are in relation to others. Furthermore, in the absence of good jobs, economic liberties allow us to create an alternative path to subsistence. This is critical for the millions of working poor in developing countries who earn their livelihoods by engaging in independent economic activities. Insecure economic liberties leave them vulnerable to harassment, bribery and other forms of abuse from middlemen and public officials. This book opens a debate about the moral and legal status of economic liberties as human rights. It brings together political and legal theorists working in the domain of human rights and global justice, as well as people engaged in the practice of human rights, to engage in both foundational and applied issues concerning these questions
Table Of Contents
1. Introduction Jahel Queraltand Bas van der Vossen Part I: Economic Liberties and International Law 2. Property Rights as Human Rights José Alvarez 3. In What Sense are Economic Rights Human Rights? Departing from their Naturalistic Reading in International Human Rights Law Samantha Besson 4. Property's Relation to Human Rights Carol M. Rose Part II: Economic Liberties, Growth, and Human Rights 5. Global Justice and Economic Growth: Ignoring the Only Thing that Works Dan Moller 6. Entrepreneurial Rights as Basic Rights Francis Cheneval 7. International Law, Public Reason, and Productive Rights Fernando Tesón Part III: Economic Liberties as Human Rights 8. Making a Living: The Human Right to Livelihood Amanda Greene 9. The Right to Own the Means of Production Christopher Freimanand John Thrasher 10. A Claim to Own Productive Property Nien-hê Hsieh 12. Creativity, Economic Freedom, and Human Rights Robert Cooter and Benjamin Chen Part IV: Critical Views 11. Economic Rights as Human Rights: Commodification and Moral Parochialism Daniel Attas 12. How Fundamental is the Right to Freedom of Exchange? Rowan Cruft Part V: Economic Liberties in Practice 13. Economic Rights of The Informal Self-Employed: Three Urban Cases Martha Chen 14. Addressing Land Rights in the Human Rights Framework Karol C. Boudreaux
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non fiction
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1 online resource (351 pages).
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