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Human rights and the cost-of-living crisis

Nolan, Aoife

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Professor of International Human Rights Law


This column explores the intersection between human rights and the ongoing cost-of-living crisis. It opens with an overview of the crisis before turning to the current global state of affairs’ impact on human rights enjoyment. Having addressed key issues that arise in terms of State obligations and how international human rights law as it stands might be deployed to address them, it focuses on how the crisis constitutes an opportunity to advance new horizons in human rights, particularly those related to energy and the implications of responses to crises for the right to a safe, clean, healthy, and sustainable environment. The piece makes clear that if they are to remain effective and relevant, human rights, and those responsible for applying and enforcing them, need to engage with the cost-of-living crisis head-on.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 6, 2023
Online Publication Date Feb 27, 2023
Publication Date Mar 1, 2023
Deposit Date Mar 1, 2023
Publicly Available Date Mar 1, 2023
Journal Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights
Print ISSN 0924-0519
Electronic ISSN 2214-7357
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 41
Issue 1
Pages 3-12
Keywords Human rights; cost of living; poverty; inflation; economic policy; tax; energy; right to a safe clean healthy and sustainable environment; retrogression; equality
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