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31 Hastings Int'l & Comp. L. Rev. [i] (2008)

handle is hein.journals/hasint31 and id is 1 raw text is: VOL. 31                WINTER 2008                     NO. 1
Table of Contents
ARTICLES
THE RIGHT TO A DIGNIFIED LIFE (VIDA DIGNA): THE
INTEGRATION OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RIGHTS WITH CIVIL AND
POLITICAL RIGHTS IN THE INTER-AMERICAN HUMAN RIGHTS
SYSTEM
B y  Jo  M . P asqualucci ................................................................................. 1
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights recently is-
sued a series of controversial judgments in which it held States
accountable for violations of the right to life, even when no one
had died. The Court expanded the traditional scope of the right
to life to include the right to live a vida digna or a dignified
life. In doing so, the Court has introduced a qualitative aspect to
the right to life. In certain circumstances in which vulnerable in-
dividuals or groups lacked basic necessities such as adequate
food, water, sanitary facilities, and health care, the Court held
that the State was liable for a violation of the right to live a vida
digna. This paradigm shift arguably advances international law
by integrating the traditionally separate areas of civil and politi-
cal rights with economic and social rights, at least within the in-
terpretation of the right to life. A problem, however, is that the
Court's jurisprudence is not yet developed to the extent neces-
sary to identify the parameters of the justiciability of the right to
live a dignified life. Considering the abject poverty in many parts
of Latin America and the Caribbean, the Inter-American system
could be flooded with applications alleging a violation of this
right. This article formulates a multi-part test to determine when
an applicant has established a prima facie case for a violation of

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