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Strengthening Education as a Human Right, and Improving the Supervision of Article 13 of the Icescr under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

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This chapter focuses on two related issues: Firstly, it demonstrates that education needs to be strengthened as a human right. Secondly, it will make suggestions on how to improve the supervision of article 13 ICESCR under the ICESCR. On the one hand, the discussion stresses that the currently dominant ideology, in terms of which education merely serves a human capital-producing function, must clearly be renounced. It also emphasises that education must not merely be seen as a commodity which may be traded against a price, in other words, that the principle of free trade should not generally extend to education services. It is argued that the system of state reports has distinct strengths and should, therefore, be retained.

Keywords: human right; ICESCR; international covenant; international law; right to education



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