Avoidable Poverty, Law, & (in)Justice

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talkResearch


Combined with the weaknesses of justiciable civil and political rights mechanisms in responding to poverty, the ‘secondary’, non-justiciable nature of purely economic and social rights-based claims means that human rights are often an ineffective mechanism for addressing poverty. This is especially so in the UK context due to judicial deference on this issue. This is indicative of a ‘justice gap’. Towards addressing this ‘justice gap’ this talk focuses on the relationship between avoidable poverty and the law more broadly. More specifically, premised on an understanding of poverty as both i) structural violence and ii) the violation of a range of human rights, this talk renders visible ‘the causal link between these acts and omissions [structural violence] and poverty’. In turn, I argue, this may allow for this justice gap to be closed through the alternative and radical use of existing legal mechanisms.
Period2 Nov 2022
Held atNewcastle University, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational