SC Castilho, Leonardo (2010). "Is extreme poverty a violation of human rights?" Paper presented at the 7th annual conference of the HDCA, 21-23 September 2010, Amman, Jordan.
Extreme poverty is one of the most urgent challenges in the world today, both from a human rights and a development perspective. From the human rights perspective, a first conceptual discussion needs to be addressed: is extreme poverty a violation of human rights? This question, then, takes the discussion towards the definition of extreme poverty from a human rights perspective: how does international human rights law define extreme poverty? The two questions are both difficult and disputable but, if a solid definition of extreme poverty, based on international human rights law, is put forward, it should be possible to answer the question of whether extreme poverty is a violation of human rights.