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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Decision T-426 (1992) (Colom)

Colombia [co]

David Landau

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 19 April 2021

Subject(s):
Egalitarianism — Public interest — Justiciability — Social rights — Social security — Fundamental rights

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

1. Decision T-426 of 1992 is an important individual complaint (or tutela) decision of the Constitutional Court of Colombia (Corte Constitucional de Colombia). The decision involved the spousal pension rights of an elderly man. The Court granted the tutela. The decision helped to establish two critical propositions that have remained important in Colombian Constitutional Law today: the justiciability of socioeconomic rights under certain conditions, and the implied right to a ‘vital minimum’ (right to minimum level of subsistence). The decision thus helped to...
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