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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Social Security, Right to, International Protection

Angelika Nussberger

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 25 September 2023

Right to social security — Full protection and security

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 social security is considered a basic human right and a fundamental means for creating social cohesion; it is closely linked to the concept of human dignity (Human Dignity, International Protection). On a narrow reading it can be understood as the inverse of the right to work, guaranteeing income replacement in case of loss of work (Work, Right to, International Protection). The classical definition goes beyond this narrow conception of income security. It embraces not only the specific basic social risks of the working population—unemployment,...
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