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In September 2021 we held an online workshop on economic, social, and cultural rights (ESCR) for trustees and members of Lawyers Against Poverty.  

The session explored what ESCR are, the sources of legal protection for these rights and the UK’s obligations to protect, respect and fulfil these rights. During the workshop we looked specifically at the rights within the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the work of the Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR). The session then examined how the CESCR reviews the UK’s compliance with the Covenant, and the different stages of each review cycle. We looked at how the rights with international human rights treaties such as ICESCR are being applied in domestic law in the UK (in Scotland and Wales) and how other countries across the world have implemented these rights.

The workshop ended with a wide-ranging questions and answer session. A recording of the session can be viewed below.

If your organisation is interested in arranging training on economic and social rights, please get in touch with our Head of Policy, Research and Campaigns: [email protected]