Conceptual and Practical Concerns for the Effectiveness of the Right to Housing

Authors

  • Nico Moons University of Antwerp
  • Bernard Hubeau University of Antwerp

Keywords:

Social Rights, Human Rights, Housing, Human Dignity, Effectiveness of Law, Derechos sociales, derechos humanos, vivienda, dignidad humana, efectividad del derecho

Abstract

Anno 2014, it is rather an exception to the rule that a state does not have a set of fundamental social rights incorporated into its constitution. Unfortunately however, this does not mean by far that social rights have consistently been given the same kind of treatment as other constitutional rights. A large discrepancy between the wide recognition of these rights in theory on the one hand and its influence in practice on particularly the more disadvantaged people in society is still very noticeable. The apparent failure to adequately implement fundamental social rights and their limited practical impact raise questions regarding their effectiveness. Evidently, the same applies with specific regard to the right to housing. Here, the question has been raised whether the right to housing ought to be approached as a so called obligation of result. To what extent might such a modification enhance the practical significance of such a right?

Año 2014, se puede considerar una excepción a la regla de que un Estado no tiene una serie de derechos sociales fundamentales incorporados en su constitución. Sin embargo, lamentablemente, esto no quiere decir en absoluto que a los derechos sociales se les haya dado de forma consistente el mismo tratamiento que a otros derechos constitucionales. Todavía se aprecia una amplia discrepancia entre el amplio reconocimiento de estos derechos en la teoría, por un lado, y su influencia en la práctica, en particular entre las personas más desfavorecidas de la sociedad. El aparente fracaso para implementar adecuadamente los derechos sociales fundamentales y su impacto limitado en la práctica plantean cuestiones en cuanto a su eficacia. Evidentemente, ocurre lo mismo en lo que respecta concretamente al derecho a la vivienda. Aquí, se plantea la cuestión de si el derecho a la vivienda debe ser abordada como una denominada compromiso de resultado. ¿En qué medida podría esta modificación fomentar la importancia práctica de ese derecho?

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Author Biographies

Nico Moons, University of Antwerp

Nico Moons, doctoral student at the University of Antwerp, Faculty of Law, Research Group Government and Law. Venusstraat 23, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium. nico.moons@uantwerpen.be

Bernard Hubeau, University of Antwerp

Bernard Hubeau, professor in Sociology of Law at the University of Antwerp. Venusstraat 23, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium. bernard.hubeau@uantwerpen.be

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Published

03-10-2014

How to Cite

Moons, N. and Hubeau, B. (2014) “Conceptual and Practical Concerns for the Effectiveness of the Right to Housing”, Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 6(3), pp. 656–675. Available at: https://opo.iisj.net/index.php/osls/article/view/461 (Accessed: 23 June 2021).