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Poverty Brief: New Developments in International Poverty Law

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April, 2014

The UN Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights.

In this new CROP Poverty Brief CROP Fellow Prof. Camilo Pérez-Bustillo argues that the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights marks a potentially historic advance in the overall  process of incorporating poverty related issues.

The Guiding Principles reflect both potential and limits of global social policy efforts within the UN and overall international system.

The Guiding Principles should be understood as part of a broader, still incomplete, process of strengthening the recognition of rights within the UN system.

The Guiding Principles may help strengthen the UN Human Rights framework by providing an additional basis for poor people’s fundamental right to “live in freedom and dignity, free from poverty and despair.”