Legal tools for economic and social rights

Knowing your rights is the first step in defending them for yourself and for others.

Here you can find legal tools for human rights, including texts of human rights documents, links to the international UN human rights system and important caselaw on ESC rights.

International Bill of Human Rights
The International Bill of Human Rights includes the Universal Declaration and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, as well as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
The Nine Core Human Rights Treaties
The nine treaties address ESC rights, civil and political rights, the elimination of racial and gender discrimination, protection against torture and forced disappearance and the rights of women, children, migrants, persons with disabilities.
The UN Human Rights System and ESC rights
The UN system contains several mechanisms to hold states to account for their legal human rights obligations. Learn more about the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, as well as UN Special Rapporteurs appointed to monitor ESC rights.
Guidelines on ESC rights
Find important guidelines on ESC rights here - including the Limburg Principles and the Maastricht Guidelines and the Voluntary Guidelines on the Right to Food.
Manuals and Practice Guides on ESC rights
Here you can find CESR's basic primer on ESC rights, CESR's guide to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, as well as links to other online manuals from other organizations to learn more about ESC rights.
CASELAW DATABASES for ESC rights
Here you can find a wide range of caselaw, proceedings and legal decisions on economic and social rights brought before the courts and other judicial agencies around the world.
Excluding undocumented migrants from health services is a violation of European law
Press release: A new report from the European Committee on Social Rights finds Spain’s legislation denying health care services to undocumented migrants to be regressive.