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2011

Right to adequate housing

GIESCR has played a leadership role within the ESCR-Net Strategic Litigation Working Group by undertaking cases dealing with forced evictions in Kenya and the first ever amicus curiae intervention under the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The Kenya case stands out as a landmark result. Working closely with the affected community and Haki Jamii, the GI-ESCR took the lead in drafting an amicus curiae intervention aimed at informing the new Constitution of Kenya by bringing in international human rights standards as well as comparative law from South Africa. The amicus curiae brief was drafted by the GI-ESCR on behalf of the ESCR-Net Adjudication Working Group’s Strategic Litigation Initiative.