Exploring the economic and social dimensions of the right to life (UN side event)

This side event will take place on 6 March, from 13.30-15.00, in Room XXIV of the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

The Human Rights Committee’s adoption of a new General Comment on Article 6 of the ICCPR – the right to life – expands the understanding of this ‘supreme’ right, and acknowledges its strong interdependence and indivisibility with economic and social rights.

The event will explore the economic and social dimensions of the right to life and how the concept of a ‘life with dignity’ has influenced legal developments at the regional, national, and international levels. Panelists will critically examine whether recent developments have the potential to advance economic and social rights, including by providing a stepping stone towards full access to justice for persons living in poverty.


Yuval Shany, Professor and Hersch Lauterpacht Chair in International Law at the Law Faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Chair of the Human Rights Committee and Rapporteur for General Comment 36.
Rodrigo Uprimny, Professor Emeritus at the Professor Emeritus at the National University of Colombia, Member of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, ICJ Commissioner.
Bruce Porter, Executive Director, Social Rights Advocacy Centre, Chief Advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing.
Joanna Bourke-Martignoni, Senior Research Fellow, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.


Sandra Epal Ratjen, International Advocacy Director and Deputy Executive Director, Franciscans International.

Universal-R2Life and ES rights-News-events-2019-ENG (Concept note in PDF)