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Article 13 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: the Right to Education

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The purpose of this chapter is to analyse article 13 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. First, a few words is said on the first sentence of article 13(1). Article 13(1) first sentence recognises everyone's right to education. It is explained that this provision should be seen as an open-ended fundamental norm in the sphere of education. This is followed by a commentary on the aims of education, as laid down in article 13(1). The discussion in this regard substantially relies on General Comment No. 1 of the Committee on the Rights of the Child on the educational aims in article 29(1) of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Subsequently, article 13(2), which protects the social aspect of the right to education, is studied.

Keywords: ICESCR; international law; right to education



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