4 Gonz. J. Int'l L. 1 (2000-2001)

handle is hein.journals/gjil4 and id is 1 raw text is: International Economic Rights

Zeshan Khan
Zeshan Khan received his BA in religious studies and English from the University of
Florida. He graduated magna cum laude in 1994. He received his JD from the Chicago-
Kent College of Law in May of 1999. He is currently working as an associate for the law
firm of Johnson, Graffe, Keay, and Moniz in Seattle, Washington. He would like to
thank Professor Bart Brown for his insight and guidance in this and other projects.
Introduction
In the economic policies of the government, one finds not only the explanationfor its
repressive crimes, but also a greater atrocity which punishes millions of human beings
with carefully planned misery...'
With an increasing disparity of global wealth, more and more peripheral groups question
the substantiation of the current economic legal order. Recently, some critics have gone
so far as to state that economic and social rights should be placed on an echelon equal to
that of basic international human rights such as the freedom from racial discrimination,
the freedom from slavery, and the prohibition against torture, as well as liberal rights
such as the freedom to a fair trial and freedom of speech.3
This paper is an evaluation of economic rights, as they currently exist, as they are
currently fought for, and the conditions necessary to bring about their future existence.
Economic rights have been commonly linked to social rights. But economic rights have
similarly been allied with civil and political rights in recent years. Dubbed second
generation rights,4 economic rights (and their brethren, social rights) currently play a
subordinate role to the preservation (or achievement) to civil and political rights'- But a
small, yet strong movement has begun that seeks to incorporate economic rights in
international legal discourse with the same attention that is paid to civil and political
rights. I believe one necessary element in facilitating the growth and implementation of
economic rights is the moderation of global market liberalism.

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