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dc.contributor.advisor Monforte, Tanya Mansour, Dina
dc.creator Mansour, Dina 2012-09-12T07:11:30Z 10000-01-01T07:11:30Z 2008 Fall 2012-09-12T07:11:30Z
dc.description.abstract Poverty is a phenomenon affecting much of the world's population. Understanding poverty as a societal phenomenon and a condition based on "individual failure" undermines the importance of "the legal structures that create and perpetuate income imbalances both internationally to a nation-state and globally." Beyond being a purely legal problem, poverty has become a deliberating problem of class and a predominant condition of societal vulnerability that stands in the way of the enjoyment of basic fundamental rights that makes the emblems of equality and human dignity as stipulated in the law to be nothing but an expression of "rich man's law" rather than "human rights law". This paper examines the concept of poverty as both a condition of legal and societal vulnerability with primary focus on the poor in Egypt. Examining the living conditions of Egypt's poor, it is apparent that the law as a "neutral" instrument is not targeted towards achieving equality for all in practice. With inequality being central to its functioning, the capitalist system in Egypt has created a situation where the formally equal are both socially and materially unequal in the enjoyment of rights, benefits and most importantly protection. Poverty as a condition of vulnerability creates a population at the margins of society and of de facto law. It is up to the law to recognize the wide gap between the de jure equality and the de facto inequality created by the situation of poverty, which thus calls for international human rights law to recognize this situation of vulnerability that is in need of special rights. With international human rights recognizing special rights for undermined groups that are largely labeled as being "vulnerable" under the law, this paper calls for the recognition of "the poor" as a group in need of special rights to realize the true essence of equality for all before the law. en
dc.description.sponsorship I wish to thank Professor Tanya Monforte, my thesis supervisor, for her constant guidance, assistance and support whether academic or moral. Without her, I don't think I would be where I am today both academically and intellectually. I would also like to thank Ms. Diana Van Bogaert, who has always been there for us from the very first day in this program. Her very much appreciated assistance and review of the thesis in the final phase of the writing process has been of enormous help and for that I'm forever grateful. A very special thanks I would like to give to Professor Alejandro Lorite, who has been of great inspiration to me and of great support. A special thanks I would also like to give to Shimaa and Fathi, whose condition of "poverty" was the main inspiration for this thesis. I'm particularly thankful to Mr. Mohammed Abdel Salam for providing me with countless academic sources and for his very much appreciated help during the field research of this thesis. I am also grateful to my friends Reem Wael, Noha Wagdy and Austin Power, whose support is very much appreciated during our trip to Montreal, where I presented a paper on my thesis at the Law and Society Conference. I'm especially thankful to my very dear friend Layla Kamal, who has never let me down and has always been there for me both as a friend and sister. Without her continuous encouragement to follow my dream, I wouldn't probably be where I am right now. I'm also thankful to my dear friend Irene George for her moral support during the toughest time of the writing process of this thesis. Finally, I would like to thank my dear friends Sherouk Abdel Ghaffar, Ray Wung, Michael Mohsen, Nevine Henry, Christina Hanna, Donia Nagi, Michelle Strucke, Noha Ali, and Marwa Maraei for their constant encouragement and support and for believing in me. en
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dc.subject Human rights en
dc.subject Egypt en
dc.subject Economic conditions en
dc.subject Poverty en
dc.subject.lcsh Thesis (M.A.)--American University in Cairo en
dc.title Discrimination against the poor in law and practice: the poor as a vulnerable group en
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dc.subject.discipline International Human Rights Law en
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dc.contributor.department American University in Cairo. Dept. of Law en
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dc.description.irb American University in Cairo Institutional Review Board approval is not necessary for this item, since the research is not concerned with living human beings or bodily tissue samples. en

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