What do equality, dignity and rights mean in a world where eight men own as much wealth as half the world's population? Contesting World Order? Socioeconomic Rights and Global Justice Movements examines how global justice movements have engaged the language of socioeconomic rights to contest global institutional structures and rules responsible for contributing to the persistence of severe poverty. Drawing upon perspectives from critical international relations studies and the activities of global justice movements, this book evaluates the 'counter-hegemonic' potential of socioeconomic rights discourse and its capacity to contribute towards an alternative to the prevailing neo-liberal 'common sense' of global governance.
Joe Wills is a Lecturer at the School of Law, University of Leicester, where he conducts research in the fields of human rights, animal rights and legal and political theory. He is one of eight researchers on a British Academy funded project investigating how the UK and South Africa compensate private losses resulting from failures to give effect to the special duties human and constitutional rights impose on public authorities. He has also contributed to an Academy of Finland and University of Turku funded project entitled 'Imagining Post-Neoliberal Regulatory Subjectivities'. He has published in the Leiden Journal of International Law and the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies.
1. Power, hegemony and world order; 2. Neo-liberal globalisation and socioeconomic rights: an overview; 3. Food security vs food sovereignty: the contestation of the meaning of the right to food under international law; 4. Intellectual property, the right to health and the global access to medicines campaign; 5. A commodity or a right? Evoking the human right to water to challenge neo-liberal water governance.