This is a time of paradoxes. The global human rights community has never had more human, normative, intellectual and economic resources. Yet, we live in a time of crises that pose serious threats to the cause of human rights in the form of imposed dilemmas: universality versus cultural relativism, freedom versus security, austerity versus growth, economic interests versus social rights, and so on.

RIGHTS IN CONTEXT aims to contribute to the contextualisation of the defense of human rights bearing in mind the world we live in, with its politics, its economics and its rules. I believe that discourse and tools of human rights can help holding back the effects of the current crises transforming them into a political opportunity for change.

Koldo Casla


Este es un tiempo de paradojas. La comunidad global de derechos humanos nunca ha tenido tantos recursos humanos, normativos, intelectuales y económicos. Sin embargo, vivimos un tiempo de crisis que presentan serias amenazas a la causa de los derechos humanos a través de la imposición de falsos dilemas: universalidad contra relativismo cultural, libertad contra seguridad, austeridad contra crecimiento, intereses económicos contra derechos sociales, etcétera.

DERECHOS EN CONTEXTO aspira a contribuir a la contextualización de la defensa de los derechos humanos teniendo en cuenta las condiciones políticas, económicas y normativas existentes. Creo firmemente que el lenguaje y las herramientas de los derechos humanos pueden servir para frenar y revertir los efectos de las crisis actuales, convirtiendo éstas en oportunidades políticas para el cambio.

Koldo Casla


Mundu paradoxiko batean bizi gara gaur. Giza eskubideen aldeko komunitate globalak ez du inoiz egungo arau- eta giza- baliabideak izan, ezta baliabide ekonomiko eta intelektualak ere. Haatik, giza eskubideak mehatxatzen dituen krisi garaian bizi gara, sasi dilemak inposatzen duen krisialdia hain zuzen: unibertsaltasuna erlatibismo kulturalaren aurka, askatasuna segurtasunaren aurka, herstura hazkundearen aurka, interes ekonomikoak eskubide sozialen aurka, etab.

ESKUBIDEAK TESTUINGURUANek giza eskubideen defentsa testuinguruan jartzen laguntzea du helburu, errealitate politikoa, ekonomikoa eta normatiboa kontuan izanda. Benetan sinesten dut giza eskubideen hizkuntza eta tresnak onuragarriak direla bizi ditugun krisien eraginei buelta emateko, krisialdia bera abagune politiko bihurtuz.

Koldo Casla


2 Responses to About

  1. Dear Stephen

    Thank you for your email.

    Even though there are serious limitations in terms of justiciability of socioeconomic rights in Spain (see AI’s report on the matter here: http://www.es.amnesty.org/uploads/media/Informe_Derechos_a_la_intemperie__DESC_en_Espana_.pdf, only in Spanish), efforts are being made to challenge some of the austerity measures, for instance, pay cuts for civil servants or as regards to mortgages and housing rights. The Barcelona-based Obervatori DESC (http://observatoridesc.org/) is probably a good place to visit in your research.

    You may know that Spain was one of the first countries to ratify the Optional Protocol to the ICESCR (https://rightsincontext.eu/2013/05/05/opicescr-a-new-human-rights-mechanism-was-born-today/), which will probably bring new opportunities for international strategic litigation.

    Please, don´t hesitate to contact me by email (koldo.casla(AT)yahoo(DOT)es) to discuss this further.

    Koldo Casla

  2. Stephen Grant says:

    Dear Mr Casla,

    I am currently researching a novel in which I wish to use the device of a trade union challenging the Spanish government using human rights legislation. In particular, I wish to include in the narrative the contrast between the refusal to maintain subsidies to the miners in the Asturias and the policy of offering largue bailouts to Bankia. I found your details during various websearches, and I wonder if you are aware of any legal attempts to challenge current austerity policies in Spain using human rights legislation, or whether this possibility has been discussed.

    Thank you in advance for your assistance.

    Stephen Grant

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