Law and Poverty
The Legal System and Poverty Reduction
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Law and Poverty by Lucy Williams
Book DescriptionThis volume brings to light a variety of previously ignored ways in which law can be central to the causes and structure of poverty, and explores new legal arenas and theories that could form the basis of a transformative use of law in order to reduce poverty. The contributions range over a wide terrain, including international human rights conventions, domestic constitutional and statutory provisions, and the law relating to social insurance and social assistance. Poverty is examined as being in certain respects legally constructed (i.e. there are ways in which specific laws create and exacerbate poverty). Also explored is the role of law in establishing specific rights or entitlements that contribute to reducing poverty, in particular social security provision and litigation as a tool for combating poverty. Finally, and most concretely, the volume examines divergent approaches to legal initiatives addressing specific aspects of poverty such as tackling child labour, reducing economic discrimination against women, and protecting the freedom of employees to organize collectively. Throughout the volume is an acute awareness of the contradictory ways in which law can impact on poverty, and on the reality of poverty as not simply a domestic issue, but a cross-border and global challenge.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781842773970
(215mm x 140mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Zed Books Ltd
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Lucy Williams
Lucy Williams is Professor of Law at Northeastern University, Boston and has extensive experience of the trans-border dimensions of poverty in North America. Asbjorn Kjonstad is Professor of Social Law and former Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Oslo. Peter Robson is Professor of Social Welfare Law at the University of Strathclyde.
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