Project

Back to overview

A Social Minimum in the Language of Human Rights

Applicant Pribytkova Elena
Number 142547
Funding scheme Ambizione
Research institution Juristische Fakultät Universität Basel
Institution of higher education University of Basel - BS
Main discipline Legal sciences
Start/End 01.09.2013 - 31.08.2016
Approved amount 397'606.00
Show all

Keywords (4)

social justice; basic socio-economic rights; the human right to an adequate standard of living; the social minimum principle

Lay Summary (German)

Lead
Das Prinzip des sozialen Existenzminimums ist eine Zusammensetzung der Garantien, welche den Schutz von Menschen vor extremer Armut bezweckt; sie befähigt, ein menschenwürdiges Leben zu führen; ihre Teilhabe an der Gesellschaft und ihren Zugang zu gemeinsamen materiellen und intellektuellen Werten sicherstellt; und schlussendlich, ihnen die Möglichkeit ihrer moralischen und intellektuellen Entfaltung verleiht.
Lay summary

Inhalt und Ziel des Forschungsprojekts

Die leitende Hypothese des Projekts ist, dass die Forderung nach dem sozialen Existenzminimum im Zentrum globaler Prinzipien sozialer Gerechtigkeit steht und in der Form von grundlegenden sozialen und wirtschaftlichen Rechten, die vereint ein Menschenrecht auf einen angemessenen Lebensstandard konstituieren, ausgedrückt werden kann. Das Forschungsprojekt verfolgt folgende zwei Hauptziele: erstens sollen Rechtfertigungsstrategien und Kriterien für eine Definition des Prinzips des sozialen Existenzminimums in einer multikulturellen Welt und dessen Übertragung in die Sprache der Menschenrechte erforscht werden; und zweitens sollen die Natur, der Inhalt, die Elemente und der Status des Menschenrechts auf einen angemessenen Lebensstandard analysiert werden sowie Mechanismen, um dieses auf internationaler, regionaler und lokaler Ebene zu schützen. Die Problematik der Gewährleistung des Menschenrechts auf einen angemessenen Lebensstandard in der Schweiz und Russland wird einen wichtigen Teil der Forschung darstellen.

Wissenschaftlicher und gesellschaftlicher Kontext

Das interdisziplinäre Projekt wird das Zusammenwirken von philosophischem Diskurs und rechtlicher Realität in Bezug auf Garantien sozialen Existenzminimums betonen und darlegen, wie gegenwärtige Gerechtigkeitstheorien zum Verständnis und zur Gewährleistung grundlegender sozialer und wirtschaftlicher Rechte beitragen können.
Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 21.03.2013

Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Employees

Publications

Publication
A Decent Social Minimum as a Matter of Justice
Pribytkova Elena (2016), A Decent Social Minimum as a Matter of Justice, in Gaisbauer Helmut P., Schweiger Gottfried, Sedmak Clemens (ed.), Springer International Publishing, Dordrect/New York, 43-56.
The Idea of the Right to a Dignified Existence in Russia: Vl. Solov’ev, P.I. Novgorodtsev and B.A. Kistiakovsky
Pribytkova Elena, The Idea of the Right to a Dignified Existence in Russia: Vl. Solov’ev, P.I. Novgorodtsev and B.A. Kistiakovsky, in Pribytkova Elena (ed.), ROSSPEN, Moscow.
Unconditional Basic Income or a Decent Social Minimum?
Pribytkova Elena, Unconditional Basic Income or a Decent Social Minimum?, in RphZ – Rechtsphilosophie – Zeitschrift für Grundlagen des Rechts, 4, 2015, 377-392.

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
“Clinical Legal Education and Access to Justice for all: from asylum seekers to excluded communities”: 4th Conference of the European Network for Clinical Legal Education (ENCLE) Talk given at a conference How Human Rights Clinic Can Contribute to Poverty Alleviation? (An Experience of the University of Basel) 27.10.2016 Valencia, Spain Pribytkova Elena;
The Future of Human Dignity: Final Conference Talk given at a conference Is Human Dignity a Foundation of the Right to a Decent Standard of Living? 11.10.2016 Utrecht, Netherlands Pribytkova Elena;
Child Poverty in Times of Crisis: Conference of the Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research at the University of Salzburg Talk given at a conference Realization of the Right of the Child to an Adequate Standard of Living in Russia 25.08.2016 Salzburg, Austria Pribytkova Elena;
BERLIN2015: The Promises of Law. The 3rd Congress of the German Association for Law and Society Talk given at a conference The Human Right to a Decent Social Minimum: A Legal Way of Social Inequality Alleviation? 09.09.2015 Berlin, Germany Pribytkova Elena;
Absolute Poverty in Europe: Conference of the Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research at the University of Salzburg Talk given at a conference Protection From Extreme Poverty in the European Court of Human Rights 27.08.2015 Salzburg, Austria Pribytkova Elena;
Law, Reason, and Emotion: IVR 27th World Congress of Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy Talk given at a conference Human Dignity and the Right to a Decent Social Minimum 27.07.2015 Washington, DC, United States of America Pribytkova Elena;
The Future of Basic Income Research: The Max Weber Programme Conference at the European University Institute Talk given at a conference Universal Basic Income or a Decent Social Minimum? 26.06.2015 Florence, Italy Pribytkova Elena;
The Future of Human Rights: Foundations, Norms, Institutions: Workshop at the Utrecht University Talk given at a conference Protection of the Right to a Decent Social Minimum Through the Judicial Activism of the European Court of Human Rights 27.05.2015 Utrecht, Netherlands Pribytkova Elena;
Law and Responsibility: 4th Doctoral Scholarship Conference at Yale Law School Talk given at a conference The Right to a Decent Standard of Living and Responsibility for Its Ensuring 14.11.2014 New Haven, CT, United States of America Pribytkova Elena;
Globality, Unequal Development, and Ethics of Duty: The Sixth International Conference in a Series in Alternative Perspectives & Global Concerns Talk given at a conference The Right to a Decent Standard of Living in a Global Society 17.10.2014 Ottawa, Canada Pribytkova Elena;
The Ethics of Poverty Alleviation: Conference of the Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research at the University of Salzburg Talk given at a conference A Decent Social Minimum as a Matter of Justice 28.08.2014 Salzburg, Austria Pribytkova Elena;
Human Rights in Context: Graduate Conference on Human Rights Talk given at a conference The Right to a Decent Standard of Living From a Social Justice Perspective 18.09.2013 Storrs, United States of America Pribytkova Elena;


Self-organised

Title Date Place

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Media relations: print media, online media Recht auf Arbeit und ein bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen (BGE) Hälfte/Moitié German-speaking Switzerland 2016
Media relations: print media, online media Es gibt auch ein soziales Existenzminimum NZZ German-speaking Switzerland 2014

Abstract

The subject of the project is the social minimum principle as a set of guarantees aimed at protecting persons from extreme poverty; enabling them to lead a decent life; ensuring their involvement in society and access to shared material and intellectual values; and, in the final analysis, providing the opportunity for their moral and intellectual flourishing.My research will address the most controversial issues concerning the social minimum principle. Is the demand for a social minimum justified? What is its content? Is the translation of a social minimum into the language of human rights necessary and possible? In what does the right to a social minimum consist? Can the internationally recognized human “right of everyone to an adequate standard of living” be considered a correct expression of the social minimum principle? What is the nature and legal status of this right?The fundamental hypothesis of the project is that the demand for a social minimum is at the core of the global principles of social justice, and can be expressed in the form of basic socio-economic rights which constitute a composite human right to an adequate standard of living.The two main objectives of the research are: first, to explore strategies of justification and criteria of definition of the social minimum principle in a multicultural world as well as its translatability into the language of human rights; and, secondly, to analyze the nature, content, elements and status of the human right to an adequate standard of living as well as mechanisms for safeguarding it at international, regional and local levels. The problem of securing the human right to an adequate standard of living in Switzerland and Russia will be a significant part of the research. I will analyze three levels of interpretation of the social minimum principle and explore their correlation: (a) in legal and political philosophy; (b) in instruments of international and European law as well as the law of the Swiss Confederation and the Russian Federation; (c) in the practice of international, regional and national courts and supervisory bodies. My interdisciplinary project will emphasize the interaction between philosophical discourse and legal reality in relation to social minimum guarantees and demonstrate how contemporary theories of justice can contribute to understanding and ensuring basic socio-economic rights.
-