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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Social Rights

David Landau

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 03 August 2021

Right to education — Right to work — Right to food — Right to health — Right to housing — Social rights — Social security

General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.
Managing Editor: Ana Harvey

1. Social rights are the rights of people to achieve their basic human needs. In domestic constitutional orders, common social rights include the right to healthcare (right to health), right to housing, right to food, right to education, right to social security, and right to work. In both international law and domestic constitutional law, these rights are often called ‘second-generation’ rights, to differentiate them from ‘first-generation rights’, which include civil and political rights like the freedom of expression, freedom of religion (freedom of conscience...
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