Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Action by Mashood Baderin and Robert McCorquodale (eds)

AuthorLaurence Lustgarten
Publication Date01 Jan 2009
view that the lawcan be used to compel responsibilityin criminal lawor i n public
law, for example)’ (270). In each case,adding the appropriate adjectivefrom Hart’s
list demonstrates that the comparison being drawn by the authors is far from
straightforward, and the reader was required to pay close attention to ensure that
they followed accurately the point being made.
A fuller conceptualisation of family responsibility wouldhelp to minimise this
kind of di⁄culty, as well as advancing the discussion called for by Herring (42)
about the distinction between responsibilities and obligations. However,
although one can hope that fur ther thought will be given to this issue soon, it
should notbe allowedto distract overly from the valuewhich is to be drawn from
the contributions in Responsibility, Law and the Family. The collection is generally
excellent, highlighting many of the challenges which a responsibility discourse
faces, pointing to the bene¢ts and complexities of developing our understanding
of responsibility in the family context, and providing thought-provoking an a-
lyses of existing uses of family responsibility.This rich and detailed collection will
be of greatvalue to anyone interested in familylaw and policy, and may also be of
interest to those with jurisprudential or philosophical interests more generally.
Robert H. George
Mashood Baderin and Robert McCorquodale (eds), Economic,SocialandCultural
Rights in Action,Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007, xxiii þ499pp, hb
d65.0 0.
This collection of 17 essays is a festschrift for Professor David Harris of the Univer-
sity of Nottingham. Professor Harris deserves respect. Author of a text on inter-
national law and an expe rt and pioneer i n the ¢eld of economic a nd social rights,
he established the post-graduate programme in international human rights at
Nottingham many years ago, long before it became a fashionablesubject. A great
many scholars, from the UK and overseas, have passed through that programme
and Professor Harris’ PhD students have come to occupy posts in academia,
NGOs, and international organisations throughout the world. Vi rtually all the
contributors to this book pay tribute to his teaching, supervision, or colleague-
ship ^ a ¢ne formof appreciation. The essays, most of them quite substantial (and
a few overlong) aredivided into threemain sections: aspects of international obli-
gations under the United Nations International Covenant on Economic, Social,
and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) of1966; regional implementation of Economic,
Social and Cultural (ESC) rights;and a rather di¡use collection on ‘applications’ of
ESC rights, includ ing health, social secur ity and development.T hey are preceded
by the editors’ introduction, which includes a helpful brief historyof the drafting
of the ICESCR as well as a discussion of the issues raised by the essays to come.
Parenthetically, it might be added that cultural rights hardly ¢gure in the volume;
they are discussed in only one essay (the last) by Dominick McGoldrick who
Jesus College, Oxford
r2009 The Authors. Journal Compilationr20 09 The Modern LawReview Limited.
(2009) 72(1) 130^155

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