ELEVATING CONSUMER RIGHTS TO HUMAN RIGHTS
In the spirit of the United Nations Guidelines on Consumer Protection (UNGCP), consumer rights are enshrined in the constitutions of some countries while many other countries have legislation which create fundamental consumer rights. Yet in academic circles, opinions are divided on the appropriateness of elevating consumer rights to the level of human rights. Views against elevating consumer rights to human rights are similar to those that question the appropriateness of
the economic, social and cultural rights contained the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) as human rights. In the light of the complexities of products and services brought
about by advancement in technology, globalisation and increasing roles of multinational corporations in trade, it is strongly argued in this paper that there is need to elevate of consumer rights to human
rights, nationally and internationally.