Poverty as a matter of justice Articles uri icon

publication date

  • June 2023

start page

  • 1

end page

  • 24


  • 20

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2340- 9592


  • Poverty is the outcome of the unequal distribution of resources reinforced by a legal, political, economic, and cultural model and is the central expression of social injustice. The impact of economic inequality on humanity┬┐s quality of life can be better explained from the perspective of basic needs and their ties with rights, the unequal opportunities and their connection with the degree of autonomy that situated individuals effectively enjoy, and the effectiveness of public policy and the responsibilities and duties of the governments. This article discusses the close (and not visible) ties between justice, law, and poverty, emphasizing that the current legal framework -even the human rights system- legitimizes an unequal status quo that prevents real access to and enjoyment of rights and freedoms for people living in poverty conditions. Moreover, it also endangers democratic stability.


  • poverty; economics inequalities; social injustice; basic needs; equality of opportunity; autonomy; democracy.