Social and economic rights cannot be examined in isolation from other forms of rights claims. They form an integral part of the vocabulary of rights. The fact that they are sometimes termed ‘second generation’ rights affords luminous support for this argument and, at the same time, it points to differences to first-generation rights. While these differences will be canvassed, it will be argued that their existence and justification are inextricably linked to the first generation of human rights, being civil and political rights. Briefly stated, the nature of...
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