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The Supervisory System of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

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Unlike the ICCPR, the ICESCR knows no interstate and individual petition procedures. This chapter introduces the relevant provisions of Part IV ICESCR, which provides for the system of state report. This is followed by some remarks on the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the body to which supervision of the Covenant has been entrusted. Regarding the various activities performed by the Committee, it is useful to distinguish between what may be termed the Committee's review and its normative function. The chapter separately addresses the Committee's review and its normative function. It then focuses on the objectives of the reporting procedure, the issue of what state reports must contain, the Committee guidelines regarding the form and content of state reports, in particular in as far as they pertain to articles 13 and 14 ICESCR, and the Committee's modus operandi, notably its habit of adopting Concluding Observations on state reports.

Keywords: cultural rights; economic rights; ICESCR; international covenant; modus operandi; normative function; social rights; supervisory system



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