What does the right to health mean? The interpretation of Article 11 of the European Social Charter by the European Committee of Social Rights

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

4 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Social rights, and the right to health in particular, are still criticised for the vagueness of their legal content. What does realising the right to health mean, and when does a State breach its obligations under human rights law? Little research has attempted to answer those questions and key actors such as judges, States, NGOs and individuals, continue to face a high degree of uncertainty. Clarification must be sought to improve the realisation of this right, but how? When human rights supervisory bodies evaluate the implementation of the right to health in their monitoring procedures, they must declare whether or not this right has been realised, and justify why. By consequence, their interpretation contributes to delineating the legal content of this right. To overcome the dearth of literature on the substance of the European Social Charter, this article will thus examine how its supervisory body, the European Committee of Social Rights, interprets the right to health in its reporting and complaints procedures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)326-354
Number of pages29
JournalNetherlands Quarterly of Human Rights
Volume33
Issue number3
Early online date1 Sep 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2017

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM), Printed in the Netherlands.

Keywords

  • Article 11 of the European social charter
  • European committee of social rights
  • Monitoring procedures
  • Right to health

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'What does the right to health mean? The interpretation of Article 11 of the European Social Charter by the European Committee of Social Rights'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this