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This manual is written to help lawyers consider the role of transnational law as an interpretive tool in state constitutional and other state law litigation to protect economic and social rights.9 In Chapter I, the manual provides an overview of the relationship between state law and transnational law. In Chapter II, the manual covers key economic and social rights and provides examples of how courts have found those rights to be justiciable in a range of contexts. The principal economic and social rights discussed in Chapter II are:

  • The right to health
  • The right to housing
  • The right to food
  • The right to work
  • The right to education
  • The right to social security

In Chapter III, the manual provides strategies for employing transnational law, specifically international human rights and foreign law, in state constitutional and statutory litigation.