Susan Randolph and Sakiko Fukuda-Parr to Publish on New Index of Social and Economic Rights

Published on September, 9 2010 at 12:00am


Susan Randolph (ESRG member), and Sakiko Fukuda-Parr (ESRG affiliate), along with their co-author Terra Lawson-Remer have received a contract from Oxford University Press to write a book introducing and elaborating an index of social and economic rights fulfillment, the SERF Index.  The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, ICESCR, commits governments to progressively fulfill the economic, social and cultural rights recognized in the Covenant and to commit the maximum of available resources to that end.  Alston and Quinn call this standard of progressive realization the “linchpin of the whole Covenant”.  Yet it has frustrated efforts to monitor countries’ fulfillment of their economic and social rights obligations, in effect providing an escape hatch for countries to avoid meeting their obligation of result.  It has also frustrated identification of the policy regimes and circumstances that best facilitate the fulfillment of economic and social rights.  The SERF Index makes the standard of progressive realization operational and thus closes the “escape hatch.”