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

 

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The Toussaint case on right to life of irregular migrants and healthcare

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What's New

Challenging the Implementation Gap: The Ongoing Struggle for International Human Rights in Canada

CCPI/CHC/FCJRC and AI/ESCR-Net file facta in Toussaint v Canada

Presentations to Dept of Justice and OGD on National Housing Strategy Act with NRHN and WNHHN

The progressive realization of the right to housing: Paper prepared for the National Housing Council

Three papers on implementing the right to housing under the National Housing Strategy Act

Co-ordinated Legal Action to challenge Canada and other States obstructing #TRIPS Waiver at the #WTO! Letter to Minister NG

CERA and National Right to Housing Network Make first SUBMISSION under the National Housing Strategy Act.

Charities liberated to engage in public policy after groundbreaking decn of Justice Ed Morgan in Canada Without Poverty v Canada


New Publications

Bruce Porter, La interdependencia de · los derechos humanos in Derechos sociales y el momento constituyente de Chile: Perspectivas globales y locales para el debate constitucional (Distrito Global, 2021)

Jackie Dugard, Franziska Sucker & Bruce Porter & Jamie Burton, Supporting the TRIPS COVID-19 waiver is an essential step to support international human rights (Open Global Rights, 2021)

Bruce Porter, Implementing the Right to Adequate Housing Under the National Housing Strategy Act: The International Human Rights Framework (2021) (en francais)

Jackie Dugard, Bruce Porter, Daniela Ikawa and Lilian Chenwi (eds) Research Handbook on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as Human Rights

Elizabeth McIsaac and Bruce Porter "Housing Rights: Ottawa takes an historic step forward"Literary Review of Canada,(November, 2019)

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.

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

From the Archives

1992 Alternative Social Charter 

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Selected Publications by Bruce Porter

Books

Jackie Dugard, Bruce Porter, Daniela Ikawa and Lilian Chenwi (eds) Research Handbook on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as Human Rights (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2020)

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

M Langford, B. Porter, R Brown and J Rossi (eds), The Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: A Commentary (Capetown: Pretoria University Law Press, 2016)

 

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Book Chapters and Articles

Bruce Porter, La interdependencia de · los derechos humanos in Derechos sociales y el momento constituyente de Chile: Perspectivas globales y locales para el debate constitucional (Distrito Global, 2021)

Jackie Dugard, Franziska Sucker, Bruce Porter & Jamie Burton, Supporting the TRIPS COVID-19 waiver is an essential step to support international human rights (Open Global Rights, 2021)

Bruce Porter, Implementing the Right to Adequate Housing under the National Housing Strategy Act: The International Human Rights Framework (Ottawa: Office of the Federal Housing Advocate, 2021)

Bruce Porter, Mise en Œuvre du Droit à un Logement Convenable en Vertu de la Loi Sur Stratégie Nationale (Ottawa: le Bureau du Défenseur fédéral du Logement, 2021)

Bruce Porter, "The Interdependence of Human Rights" in Jackie Dugard, Bruce Porter, Daniela Ikawa and Lilian Chenwi (eds) Research Handbook on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as Human Rights (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2020).

Elizabeth McIsaac and Bruce Porter, "Housing Rights: Canada Takes an Historic Step Forward" Literary Review of Canada (November, 2019).

Martha Jackman and Bruce Porter, “Social and Economic Rights”, in Peter Oliver, Patrick Maklem & Nathalie DesRosiers, eds, The Oxford Handbook of the Canadian Constitution (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017) 843-861.

Leilani Farha and Bruce Porter, Commodification over community: financialization of the housing sector and its threat to SDG 11 and the right to housing in Spotlight on Sustainable Development (Social Watch, 2017) 105.

Bruce Porter, "Social Policy and Social Rights in Canada: Historical Reflections," The Philanthropist (June 2016) Poverty and Human Rights in Canada

Bruce Porter “Social Rights in Anti-Poverty and Housing Strategies: Making the Connection” in Martha Jackman and Bruce Porter (eds)  Advancing Social Rights in Canada (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2014).

Martha Jackman & Bruce Porter, “Strategies to Address Homelessness and Poverty in Canada: The Charter Framework” in Martha Jackman and Bruce Porter (eds)  Advancing Social Rights in Canada (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2014).

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.

Bruce Porter, 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).

Bruce Porter, Canada: Systemic Claims and Remedial Diversity (2014), in M. Langford, C. Rodriguez and J. Rossi (eds), Social Rights Judgments and the Politis of Compliance: Making it Stick (Capetown: Pretoria University Law Press, 2014).

Bruce Porter, 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).

Bruce Porter, 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).

Bruce Porter,"Reasonableness and Article 8(4)", in M Langford, B. Porter, R Brown and J Rossi (eds), The Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: A Commentary (Capetown: Pretoria University Law Press, 2016).

M Langford, B. Porter, R Brown and J Rossi (eds), "Introduction" to The Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: A Commentary (Capetown: Pretoria University Law Press, 2016)

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

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

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

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

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

Leilani Farha and Bruce Porter, Reaffirming Canada’s Commitments to Human RightsPoverty and Parliament (Spring 2009).

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

Bruce Porter, “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).

经社文权利的可诉性与有效救济权利: 历史性的挑战与新机遇 2008年3月31日北京 经济、社会和文化权利与《经济、社会和文化权利国际公约任择议定书》,(北京:中国社会科学院,2008)

Martha Jackman and Bruce Porter, “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.

Bruce Porter, "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.

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

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

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

Bruce Porter,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).

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

Bruce Porter, "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).

Bruce Porter, "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.

Bruce Porter, "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.

Bruce Porter, "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). 

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

Bruce Porter, "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).

Bruce Porter, "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).

Bruce Porter, "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).

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

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

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

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

Maureen Callaghan, Leilani Farha & Bruce Porter Women and Housing in Canada: Barriers to Equality (Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation, 2002)

Maureen Callaghan, Leilani Farha & Bruce Porter, Les Femmes et le Logement au Canada: Entraves à l’égalité (Centre Pour Les Droits à l’Égalité au Logement, 2002)

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

Martha Jackman and Bruce Porter, “Women’s Substantive Equality and the Protection of Social and Economic Rights Under the Canadian Human Rights Act,” co-authored with Martha Jackman, in Women and the Canadian Human Rights Act: A collection of policy research reports (Ottawa: Status of Women Canada, 1999) p.43.  Published in both French and English and online at <www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/direct.html>

Bruce Porter and Joanna Birenbaum, “Screening Rights: The Denial of the Right to Adjudication in the Canadian Human Rights Act and How to Remedy It,” (Ottawa: Canadian Human Rights Act Review Panel, 1999) online at <www.chrareview.org/indexe.html>.

Bruce Porter, “Using Human Rights Treaty Monitoring Bodies in Domestic Social And Economic Rights Advocacy: Notes From Canada” in Economic and Social Rights Review, vol. 2, no. 5 (July 1999)

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

Bruce Porter, “Social Rights and the Question of a Social Charter,” in Paul Leduc Browne (ed) Finding Our Collective Voice, Options for a New Social Union (Ottawa: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 1998) at p. 59.

Bruce Porter, “The Right to Housing: From Rhetoric to Practice,” in Human Development and Human Rights: Report on the Oslo Symposium (October 2-3, 1998) Edited by Hakim Bjorkman  (United Nations Development Program, United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway) (New York: UNDP, 1999) at p. 270.

Bruce Porter, “The Importance of Including Social and Economic Rights in the South African Constitution: A Canadian PerspectiveSouth African Business Times, August, 199

Bruce Porter, "The Uninvited Guests: Reflections on the Brief History of Poor People Seeking their Rightful Place in Equality Jurisprudence," in Roads to Equality Vol 3, (Canadian Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Program, Annual General Meeting, 1994)

Bruce Porter, "The Social and Economic Union: The Social Charter that wasn't one", Perceptions, Fall, 1992

Bruce Porter, "Social and Economic Union:  The Social Charter that isn't," The Canadian Forum, October, 1992

Bruce Porter, "Social and Economic Rights and Citizenship, Institute for Research in Public Policy, Victoria, B.C. (1992)

Bruce Porter and Havi Echenberg, "Poverty Stops Equality / Equality Stops Poverty:  The Case for Social and Economic Rights", in D.Williams and P.File eds., Human Rights into the 1990's and Beyond (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 1990).  Excerpted version published in Canadian Woman Studies/Cahiers de la Femme Vol II Number 2 pp 8 - 11 and in Canadian Housing (Spring, 1989, Vol.6, No.1) pp 26-28.

Bruce Porter, "Discrimination in Housing" in Canadian Housing (Spring, 1989, Vol.6, No. 1) pp. 36-39. Revised and reprinted in Shelterforce

Bruce Porter, "Challenging Economic Discrimination in Housing" in The Housing Advocate (Summer, 1989, Vol. 1, No.2) p.6.

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.

 

Video: Vienna+20 (Optional Protocol to the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights) (August 15 2013)

 

"On the occasion of the coming into force of the Optional Protocol to the International Convenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, HRTD Newsletter interviewed Bruce Porter, Director of the Social Rights Advocacy Centre in CanadaOHCHR - Human Rights Treaties Division Newletter (January-June 2013).

Video: "Making Rights Real: The Implementation of International Human Rights in Canada" (panelist)
University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, Common Law Section (December 2012).

Video: Using the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to promote rights to housing
Organized by the Centre for Equality Rights in Accomodation