The Promise of a Protocol

Issue & Policy Briefs March 20, 2013, No. 118

Uruguay’s ratification of the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights marked an important milestone in its protection in international law. The Optional Protocol for economic, social and cultural rights will come into force on May 5th, 2013, about 40 years after demand for such a protocol was developed. This policy brief examines what that really means and what impact it may have, if any.