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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Work, Right to, International Protection

Angelika Nussberger

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 17 April 2024

Right to work — Women, rights — Minorities — Children, rights — Indigenous peoples — Right to non-discrimination — Collective rights — International labour law — Fair and equitable treatment standard

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 The right to work is closely linked to human dignity (Human Dignity, International Protection). It is a means not only for subsistence, but also for self-realization, development of human personality, and inclusion in society, although the debate was predominantly focused on economic aspects. It can be traced back to the right to self-preservation as developed by John Locke. The pre-revolutionary literature deducts social claims such as access to education (Education, Right to, International Protection), the guarantee of minimum wages, provision of work, as well...
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