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

What's New

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

Public Education

Standing Up for Your Social and Economic Rights

The Right to Adequate Housing

The Right to an Adequate Standard of Living

Bruce Porter

Canadian ESC Rights Case Index 2006 
The Right to an Effective Remedy in International Law (Power Point)
Claiming Social and Economic Rights in Canada (Power Point)
Download "Socio-Economic Rights in a Domestic Charter of Rights: A Canadian Perspective"(2006) by Bruce Porter.
Download "The Justiciability of Social and Economic Rights: An Updated Appraisal" by Bruce Porter and Aoife Nolan in the January 2006 edition of Just News.

Enforcing social and economic rights:

View a recent article by Bruce Porter of SRAC on the need for a complaints procedure under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Materials for judges and legal advocates: 

View Bruce Porter's keynote address to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice Spring Seminar, May 2004. 
View the list of relevant cases and materials prepared for the Seminar by Professor Martha Jackman. 
View "Toward a Comprehensive Framework for ESC Rights Practice" by Bruce Porter. 

Bruce Porter "Justiciability of ESC Rights and The Right to Effective Remedies: Historic Challenges and New Opportunities" (Paper commissioned by the UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, publication in China forthcoming from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences) 

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