Autumn Series 2013: Liam Thornton, Austerity International Law and the Limits of Human Rights

ISIL would like to thank Dr. Liam Thornton for his excellent presentation on Austerity International Law and the Limits of Human Rights. Dr. Thornton provided a positivist analysis of international human rights architecture, which demonstrated the continued centrality of state sovereignty in determining the effectiveness of international bodies to provide accountability and oversight for socio-economic rights in the context of policies of austerity. In the absence of meaningful functions in this context, Dr. Thornton argued for the value of international fora for civil society activism to pursue the process of shaming and international scrutiny against states who seek to infringe socio-economic rights.

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