Promoting and claiming social and economic rights through an inclusive human rights practice

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UN Human Rights Committee Issues ground-breaking decision in Toussaint v Canada. Canada violated the right to life by denying irregular migrants access to essential healthcare. Read more.

Canada Without Poverty v Canada - Historic Win for Charities

Grounding the Rights-Based National Housing Strategy in the Right to Housing: Here's How See the "Draft Legislation, and the  Consensus Proposals.

Bruce Porter Enhancing the Rights-Based Framework for Canada's National Housing Strategy

Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing Report on Rights-Based Housing Strategies A/HRC/37/53.

Summary of 10 Principles in a Rights Based Housing Strategy

Canada's UPR#3. Check out the Key UPR Recommendations

Application for Leave to Appeal to Supreme Court of Canada denied in Tanudjaja (Homeless peoples' rights to life, security and equality) Affidavit of Bruce Porter
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New Book. Martha Jackman & Bruce Porter (eds)  Advancing Social Rights in Canada now published and available at Irwin Law

See the ESCR Case Law Database

Past but Relevant NOW

Bill C-400 model housing strategy legislation.

1992 Alternative Social Charter



New Publications

Martha Jackman and Bruce Porter (eds)  Advancing Social Rights in Canada (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2014)

Martha Jackman & Bruce Porter "Social and Economic Rights" in P. Oliver, P. Macklem and N. Des Rosiers, The Oxford Handbook of the Canadian Constitution (New York, Oxford Univesity Press, 2017) at pp 843-866.

Bruce Porter, Inclusive Interpretations: Social Rights and Judicial Accountability in Helena Alviar García, Karl Klare and Lucy Williams (eds), Social and Economic Rights in Theory and Practice: Critical Inquiries (London and New York: Routledge, 2015)


 

From the Archives

Bruce Porter, Human Rights and the Right to Housing in Housing - A Right, a publication to coincide with an exhibition at the Power Plant Gallery on homelessness and the right to housing. Now Magazine, Toronto, 1989.

See Further publications

Selected Publications by Bruce Porter

New Books

Martha Jackman and Bruce Porter (eds)  Advancing Social Rights in Canada (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2014)

Helena Alviar García, Karl Klare and Lucy Williams (eds), Social and Economic Rights in Theory and Practice: Critical Inquiries (London and New York: Routledge, 2015)

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Book Chapters, Articles, Working Papers

by Bruce Porter, Executive Director

 

Bruce Porter, "Social Policy and Social Rights in Canada: Historical Reflections," The Philanthropist (June 2016) Poverty and Human Rights in Canada <http://thephilanthropist.ca/2016/06/social-policy-and-social-rights-in-canadahistorical-reflections/>

Bruce Porter, Rethinking Progressive Realization: How Should it be Implemented in Canada?. Background Paper for a Presentation to the Continuing Committee of Officials on Human Rights. Ottawa, June 2015

Inclusive Interpretations: Social Rights and Judicial Accountability (2014) Working paper developed from International Social and Economic Rights Project (iSERP) Wokshop at the Rockefeller Foundation's Human Rights Center in Bellagio Italy in May, 2013. Subsequently published as "Inclusive Interpretations: Social and Economic Rights and the Canadian Charter" in Helena Alviar García, Karl Klare and Lucy Williams (eds), Social and Economic Rights in Theory and Practice: Critical Inquiries (London and New York: Routledge, 2015).

Designing and Enforcing Social Rights Remedies: Reflections on the Canadian Experience(2014), for publication in M. Langford, C. Rodriguez and J. Rossi (eds), Making it Stick: Compliance with Social Rights Judgments in Comparative Perspective (Capetown: Pretoria University Law Press, forthcoming).

Designing and Implementing Rights-Based Strategies to Address Homelessness and Poverty (2014), abridged version of Bruce Porter, Designing and Implementing Rights-Based Strategies to Address Poverty and Homelessness in Ontario Exchange Working Paper Series (Ottawa, PHIRN, 2012).

 International Human Rights in Anti-Poverty and Housing Strategies: Making the Connection(2014), abridged version of Bruce Porter & Martha Jackman, International Human Rights, Health and Strategies to Address Homelessness and Poverty in Ontario: Making the Connection (2012) Exchange Working Paper Series (Ottawa, PHIRN, 2012)

Reasonableness in the Optional Protocol to the ICESCR, (SRAC Working Paper, 2012) for publication in R. Brown, M. Langford, B. Porter and J. Rossi (eds) The Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: A Commentary (Capetown: Pretoria University Law Press, forthcoming).

Rights-Based Strategies to Address Homelessness and Poverty in Canada: the Constitutional Framework(November 2013)  Ottawa Faculty of Law Working Paper No. 2013-10.

International Human Rights and Strategies to Address Homelessness and Poverty in Canada: Making the Connection, Ontario Faculty of Law Working Paper No. 2013-09.

Strategies to Address Homelessness and Poverty in Ontario: The Constitutional Framework, Exchange Working Paper Series (Ottawa, PHIRN, 2012).

Designing and Implementing Rights-Based Strategies to Address Poverty and Homelessness in Ontario, Exchange Working Paper Series (Ottawa, PHIRN, 2012).

A Human Rights Context for Addressing Poverty and Homelessness (2012) Exchange Working Paper Series (Ottawa, PHIRN, 2012).

Reaffirming Canada’s Commitments to Human RightsPoverty and Parliament (Spring 2009).

The Reasonableness Of Article 8(4) – Adjudicating Claims From The Margins” (2009) 27:1 Nordic Journal of Human Rights 39.

Justiciability of ESC Rights and The Right to Effective Remedies: Historic Challenges and New Opportunities“ in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the Optional Protocol to the ICESCR,(Beijing: Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, 2008).

Socio-Economic Rights Under the Canadian Charter” (with Martha Jackman) in M Langford, ed,Social Rights Jurisprudence: Emerging Trends in International and Comparative Law (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008) 209.

"Claiming Adjudicative Space: Social Rights, Equality and Citizenship" in Margot Young et al, eds, Poverty: Rights, Social Citizenship, and Legal Activism (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2007) 77.

The Justiciability of Social and Economic Rights: an Updated Appraisal (Aofie Nolan & Malcolm Langford) Centre for Human Rights and Global Justice Working Paper (November 20, 2007).

Expectations of Equality“ (2006) 33 Sup Ct L Rev 23. 

"The Justiciability of Social and Economic Rights: An Updated Appraisal", (with Aoife Nolan,  Just News (January 2006). 

The Crisis in ESC Rights and Strategies for Addressing It in J. Squires, M. Langford & B. Thiele, B, eds., The Road To a Remedy: Current Issues in the Litigation of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Sydney: University of South Wales Press, 2005).

"A Right to Healthcare in Canada: Only if you can pay for it" (2005) 6 ESR Review: Economic and Social Rights in South Africa.

"Socio-economic rights in a domestic charter of rights: a Canadian perspective" in Human Rights and Peace-Building in Northern Ireland: an international anthology (Belfast: Committee on the Administration of Justice, 2006)

"Canadian Constitutional Challenge to NAFTA Raises Critical Issues of Human Rights in Trade and Investment Regimes" (2006) 3:1 Housing and ESC Rights Law Quarterly.

"ReWriting the Charter at 20 or Reading it Right: The Challenge of Poverty and Homelessness in Canada" in Wesley Cragg & Christine Koggel, eds, Contemporary Moral Issues, 5th ed (Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 2005) 373.

"Toward a Comprehensive Framework for ESC Rights Practice" in Bret Thiele and Malcolm Langford, eds, Litigation of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: The State of Play (Sydney: University of South Wales Press, 2005). 

"Twenty Years of Equality Rights: Reclaiming Expectations" (2005) 23 Windsor YB Access Just 145.

"Social and Economic Rights and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms" (Paper delivered to the International Conference on Social and Economic Rights: Models of Enforcement, Dublin, Ireland, 10-11 December 2005).

"The Right to be Heard: What's at Stake?” (Paper delivered at the High Level Expert Seminar on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to the French Department of Foreign Affairs, Nantes, France, 5-7 September 2005).

"The Right to Adequate Housing in Canada" (Paper delivered at the Inter-American Human Rights Commission Special Hearings on the Right to Housing, Washington, DC, 4 March 2005).

"Homelessness, Human Rights, Litigation and Law Reform: A View from Canada" (2004) 10 Austl J H R133.

"The Human Right to Adequate Housing: Making the Case in U.S. Advocacy" (2004) 38 Clearinghouse Rev 97.

Poverty and the Courts” (Keynote address delivered at the National Judicial Institute to Judges of the Ontario Superior Court, Niagara Falls, 7 May 2004).

"The Right to Adequate Housing in Canada," in Scott Leckie, ed, National Perspectives on Housing Rights (Dordrecht: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2003).

"Judging Poverty: Using International Human Rights Law to Refine the Scope of Charter Rights" (2000) 15 Journal of Law and Social Policy 117.

"Beyond Andrews: Substantive Equality and Positive Obligations after Eldridge and 
Vriend
" (1998) 9:3 Constitutional Forum.