CFP: Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Conference


The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1966.  Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR) are interlinked and States have an obligation to respect, fulfill, and protect these rights. ESCR are also found in other treaties such as the Convention against the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), and Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). In addition, ESCR are also found in regional instruments in different parts of the world.  Given the prevalence of ESCR in international and regional conventions, this conference seeks to examine how much progress has been made on realizing these rights.

The Common Good Foundation in partnership with The Jersey Law Commission will be hosting a 1-day conference dedicated to ESCR. This inter-disciplinary conference welcomes scholars, practitioners, activists who work in areas of protection, fulfillment, and realization of these rights from around the world.

Some suggestions for abstracts/papers include:

• Effectiveness of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
• Effectiveness of the work of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights treaty body
• The intersection of ESCR and other international and/or regional conventions
• ESCR and enforcement mechanisms
• Broadening the scope of ESCR to include other types of rights
• ESCR in The Channel Islands
• Intersections and/or relationships between:
 ESCR and how it is provided to different groups, such as: ethnic, religious, linguistic minorities, indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, children, the elderly, refugees, women, and LGBTQ+ persons
 ESCR and the environment (including oceans and climate change)
 ESCR and Artificial Intelligence
 ESCR and law
 ESCR and connections to other types of human rights violations and/or crimes

Other topics which are not listed here but are connected to ESCR are welcome.

Abstracts are due Monday, April 15, 2024.


Abstracts/Presentations which are accepted for the conference will have an opportunity to publish their article in the Special Edition issue for The Resolution Journal, dedicated to ESCR. This conference follows up on a previous report published by The Common Good Foundation, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and Indigenous Groups in Asia.

This conference will be held in person, in St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands on Friday, July 12, 2024. No travel stipends are available, all participants must handle their own expenses. There may be a minimal registration fee.  

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