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Law and Poverty: Law as a Tool for Combatting Poverty

Edited By: Lucy Williams and Asbjorn Kjonstad

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Paperback | Jan 2004 | #143958 | ISBN: 1842773976
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Exposes ways in which the law is central to the causes and structure of poverty, and explores new possibilities for using the law to alleviate poverty. It covers international human rights conventions, constitutional and statutory provisions, social insurance and social assistance law.


Introduction PART I POVERTY AS LEGALLY CONSTRUCTED 1. The Right to Development as a Basic Human Right - Ahmed Aoued 2. Cross-Border Reflections on Poverty: Lessons From the United States and Mexico - Lucy Williams 3. Poverty as a Violation of Human Rights: The Pinochet Case and the Emergence of a New Paradigm - Camilo Perez-Bustillo PART II RESPONSIBILITY FOR ALLEVIATING POVERTY 4. The Politics of Child Support - Peter Robson 5. The State, Laws and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Bangladesh - Mokbul Morshed Ahmad 6. Exclusion and Rights - Paul Spicker PART III THE ESTABLISHMENT OF LEGAL ENTITLEMENTS 7. Judicial Review, Social Antagonism and the Use of Litigation as a Tool for Combating Poverty - Antonella Mameli 8. Poverty and Property - Human Rights and Social Security - Asbjorn Kjonstad 9. The Effect of Legal Mechanisms on Selective Welfare Strategies for Needy Persons: The Greek experience - Gabriel Amitsis PART IV LEGAL INITIATIVES TO ADDRESS SPECIFIC ASPECTS OF POVERTY 10. Gender Mainstreaming as an Instrument for Combating Poverty - Susan Nott 11. Does Alcohol and Tobacco Legislation Help Reduce Poverty? The evidence from Sri Lanka - Kalinga Tudor Silva 12. Child Labour - A threat to survival of civilization - Amita Agarwal 13. Labour Organization and Labour Relations Law in India: Implications for poverty alleviation - Debi S. Saini Index

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Lucy Williams is a US lawyer with extensive experience of the trans-border dimensions of poverty in North America. Asbjorn Kjonstad is professor of social law at the University of Oslo since 1985. He has published extensively on social security law, medical law, tort law and monetary law. Peter Robson is in the Law School, University of Strathclyde. All the CONTRIBUTORS are lawyers concerned in some way with poverty.

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