Implementing Canada’s international legal obligations (Charter interpretation)

Louise Arbour and Fannie Lafontaine, “Beyond Self-Congratulation: the Charter at 25 in an international perspective” (2007) 45 Osgoode Hall LJ 239.


Brian Giffey, “The ‘Reasonableness’ Test: Assessing Violations of State Obligations under the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights” (2011) 11 HRL Rev 275.

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

Fons Coomans, “Reviewing Implementation of Social and Economic Rights: An Assessment of the “Reasonableness” (2005) 65 ZaoRV 167.

Janet Lord and Rebecca Brown, “The Role of Reasonable Accommmodation in Securing Substantive Equality for Persons with Disabilities: The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” (2010).

Right to Effective Remedy/Justiciability:

United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, “The Right to Effective Remedies: Review of Canada’s Fourth and Fifth Periodic Reports Under the ICESCR“ Submission of the Charter Committee on Poverty Issues (2006).

International Commission of Jurists, “Courts and the Legal Enforcement of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Comparative Experiences in Justiciability” (Geneva: International Commission of Jurists, 2008).

Rights Based Approaches:

Senate, Subcommittee on Cities of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, “In from the Margins: A Call to Action on Poverty, Housing and Homelessness” (December 2009) (Chair: Honourable Art Eggleton, PC).

House of Commons, Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities, ”Federal Poverty Reduction Plan: Working in Partnership Towards Reducing Poverty in Canada” (November 2010) (Chair: Candice Hoeppner).

United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, “Principles and Guidelines for a Human Rights Approach to Poverty Reduction Strategies“ UN Doc HR/PUB/06/12 (Geneva: OHCHR, 2006).

Right to Adequate Housing:

Ontario Human Rights Commission, “Policy on Human Rights and Rental Housing” (2009).

Ontario Human Rights Commission, “Right at Home: Report on the Consultation on Human Rights and Rental Housing in Ontario” (2008).

Bruce Porter, “Homelessness, Human Rights, Litigation and Law Reform: A View from Canada” (2004) 10 Australian Journal of Human Rights 133.

Miloon Kothari, “Report of the Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing as a Component of the Right to an Adequate Standard of Living, and on the Right to non-discrimination in this Context” (Mission to Canada: October 9-22 2007)  UN Doc. A/HRC/10/7/Add.3.


Right to Participate/Right to Procedural Fairness: 

Right to Adequate Work:

National Policy Group, Policy Integration Department, “Decent Work and Poverty Reduction Strategies” Prepared for the International Labour Organization (Geneva: 2005).






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