CESCR: Submission for the compilation of the List of Issues to be considered during Costa Rica’s 5th periodic report. 

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In the spring of 2016, the students of the International Human Rights Clinic, together with the Luca Coscioni Association for Freedom of Scientific Research, prepared a paper to assist the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the formulation of the List of Issues during the 57th Pre-Sessional Working Group (7-11 March 2016), leading to the discussion of Costa Rica’s 5th periodic report on its implementation of the Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights during the 59th Session of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (19 Sept – 7 Oct 2016).

The paper focuses on Costa Rica’s obligations under a specific article of the Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights, namely Art 15.1.b (Right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications), and one specific issue: the ban on In Vitro fertilization (IVF) that there has been in Costa Rica since 2000, and continues to exists despite a ruling of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights of 2014 (Artavia Murillo et al. (“In vitro fertilization”) v. Costa Rica) that declared it a violation of the Inter-American Convention on Human Rights.