STREAM: The Interrelationship between Redistributive and Status-Based Equality: Poverty, Socio-Economic Rights and Access to Justice

STREAM: The Interrelationship between Redistributive and Status-Based Equality: Poverty, Socio-Economic Rights and Access to Justice

This proposed stream will consider the extent to which judges, policy makers and other pertinent actors, have and can effectively take into account the inextricable link between redistributive and status-based equality, when crafting policies or adjudicating cases that have a significant impact on vulnerable and marginalised groups. We apply here the understanding of redistributive equality as requiring the provision of bare minimums to all in terms of resources and services, and use the term ‘status-based equality’ to denote non-discrimination on grounds of a person’s status such as race, ethnicity or sex. Accordingly, it is observed that those discriminated against because of their status (e.g. women and persons with disabilities) are disproportionately poor. This suggests that identity characteristics and discrimination play a key role in perpetuating socio-economic disadvantage. Scholars are invited to submit papers that show the interrelationship between redistributive and status based equality in law, policies, program initiatives, among others. The discussion hopes to show how a failure to apply a status-based equality-sensitive approach when applying redistributive equality measures such as socio-economic rights runs the risk of reinforcing disadvantages, as well as how lack of access to justice for the poor can lock them out of provision of their guaranteed socio-economic rights to help remove them from poverty. It will also seek to make recommendations on how these challenges can be avoided and overcome.

If you have any queries or suggestions please contact Victoria Miyandazi (Victoria.miyandazi@gmail.com); Miriam Kilimo (miriamjerotich@gmail.com). For panel and paper submissions please follow the instructions on the website  http://www.asauk.net/call-for-papers-and-panels-asauk-2018-now-open/ 

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