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The Human Right to Food and Nutrition, and the Story of 840 Million Court Cases

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840 million children, men and women suffer from hunger today. This is preventable . Indeed, every country has the necessary resources to end hunger. It is in this perspective that this research seeks to contribute ideas to the realisation of the human rig ht to food and nutrition . This research proposes a new strategy to reduce hunger. It is based on the fictitious story of 840 million undernourished people who file 840 million lawsuits with the help of representatives against their respective national go vernments in national courts for violations of the human right to food and nutrition . Perhaps they win few cases, but that is not the issue. With participation in such extraordinary numbers, they create a social movement with the necessary legal, politic al and economic incentives for governments to change policies and end hunger. This research explores how these court cases may be filed, and the benefits of undertaking such a strategy . In particular, the research draws on PUCL v. UOI and ORS (2001) and Brown v. Board of Education (1954) as case examples. The research argues for combining human rights, technical and political strategies since each strategy on its own has limits .


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