Maximum Available Resources & Human Rights. An Analytical Report



This report by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University,  examines the many ways that governments can access financial resources in order to fulfill its obligation to use ‘maximum available resources’ , as described  in the  International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) . It draws on a rich set of discussions between economists and human rights experts who met at the Center for Women’s Global Leadership on December 13-14, 2010.

The concept of maximum available resources requires further development in order to challenge the unequal distribution of material resources, and re-imagine the role of the state not only as an efficient administrator of
existing resources, but as an institution that mobilizes resources to meet core  human rights obligations.

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