Description - The Poverty of Rights by Willem J. M. Van Genugten
This book brings together two issues that are not necessarily related: measures to reduce poverty, and respect for human rights. Most of the contributors are from Latin America, a continent characterized by terrible human rights violations and immense inequalities of wealth. Law, they argue, is no panacea for the intractable problem of poverty. But it can be an indispensable basis for social mobilization, which, in turn, can be strengthened by socially engaged and critical social science. Vigorous advocacy of compliance with international human rights norms and the inclusion of such standards in national legal frameworks can help to eradicate global poverty and social injustice. The contributions pay particular attention to the struggle of indigenous peoples and explore a range of questions including the relatively new notion of the right to development.
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Author Biography - Willem J. M. Van Genugten
Willem van Genugten is professor of international law at Tilburg University and professor of human rights at Nijmegen University. In addition he is, inter alia, chair of the board of the Dutch Research School of Human Rights, which is a joint initiative of the Universities of Maastrich, Utrecht, Rotterdam and Tilburg. He is also member of the Advisory Council on International Affairs of the Dutch government . He has published a series of books and articles, mainly in the field of human rights.
Camilo Perez-Bustillo is research professor at the State of Mexico campus of the 'Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey' (ITESM), where he gives courses in media studies, law and international relations. He is also a resident scholar at the Permanent Seminar on Chicano and Border Studies of the Social Anthropology Division of Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (DEAS-INAH), and the Mexico representative for the US-based National Lawyers' Guild.