The principal objective of this chapter is to identify a range of initiatives that might be considered in order to make the Charter's supervisory arrangements more effective and more likely to be able to respond to the various challenges which it confronts. This chapter is divided into several parts. The first seeks to locate the European Social Charter (ESC) and its supervisory system within the overall European human rights regime. The second introduces an element of comparison with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, on the assumption that the latter might have some useful lessons for the Charter system. The third, and perhaps the most important part of the chapter, seeks to contextualize the ESC system by examining its strengths and weaknesses through the lens of a detailed case study of the Charter's operation in practice.


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