Recognized and Violated by International Law: The Human Rights of the Global Poor

Thomas Pogge*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

119 Citations (Scopus)


Various human rights are widely recognized in codified and customary international law. These human rights promise all human beings protection against specific severe harms that might be inflicted on them domestically or by foreigners. Yet international law also establishes and maintains institutional structures that greatly contribute to violations of these human rights: fundamental components of international law systematically obstruct the aspirations of poor populations for democratic self-government, civil rights, and minimal economic sufficiency. And central international organizations, such as the WTO, the IMF, and the World Bank, are designed so that they systematically contribute to the persistence of severe poverty.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)717-745
Number of pages29
JournalLeiden Journal of International Law
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes


Dive into the research topics of 'Recognized and Violated by International Law: The Human Rights of the Global Poor'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this