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This chapter provides an overview of the book, which focuses on unclear notion of indivisibility and simply consider it a challenge to the traditional compartmentalised perception of the two sets of rights. The question to be discussed in the book is therefore what are, if any, the legal implications of the notion of human rights as indivisible rights? To what extent are judicial bodies obliged or authorised to take into consideration the complexity of real life when making assessments of human rights compliance under a specific treaty which covers only part of real life? Despite the repeated reference to the indivisibility notion, traditional theory understands civil-political rights and socio-economic rights as two fairly distinct categories of rights, which cannot by their very nature be treated on the same footing and with the same emphasis as it is stated in the initially quoted passage from the Vienna Declaration.

Keywords: civil-political rights; European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR); human rights; socio-economic rights



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