Negotiating Cultural Rights: Issues at Stake, Challenges and Recommendations, edited by Lucky Belder and Helle Porsdam
book review; International covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural rights; Lucky Belder; Helle Porsdam
Human Rights Review
Codified primarily in Article 15 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, cultural rights have received considerable attention during the past decade. The catalyzing event has been the appointment of the first Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights, Farida Shaheed, “a sociologist by training and activist by choice” (ix). During her tenure, Shaheed authored ten thematic reports that have propelled cultural rights into mainstream human rights discourse and are the focus of essays collected in this edited volume.
Negotiating Cultural Rights: Issues at Stake, Challenges and Recommendationsbrings together commentators from various disciplines to reflect on the contribution of Shaheed’s work. The editors’ introduction by Lucky Belder and Helle Porsdam is followed by the chapter “The United Nations cultural rights mandate: reflections on the significance and challenges,” in which Shaheed herself reflects on her tenure first as Independent Expert and then as...