Beyond Economics! The (Evolving) Role of Law in the Eradication of Extreme Poverty

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Extreme poverty is a complex and multifaceted challenge that cannot be solely addressed through economic interventions.
Traditional economic indicators, such as GDP, do not fully capture the realities of vulnerable populations who often experience discrimination and social exclusion. This has legal and human rights implications, particularly in regions such as Sub-Saharan Africa where extreme poverty is concentrated. In light of these concerns, this article critically examines the existing literature on poverty economics and law and presents an analysis of key data. Ultimately, the article argues for a comprehensive approach that prioritises law and justice as crucial components of efforts to achieve target 1 of the United Nations’ Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. This approach should entail the establishment of legal frameworks that promote accountability for political actors and protect the rights of the poor.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2023


  • Extreme poverty
  • SDGs
  • Human Rights
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Law and justice

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