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  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. 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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