In an article entitled "Legalizing economic and social rights can help the poor: reflections from South Africa", published on the open Global Rights platform, SERI's executive director Stuart Wilson challenges the central tenet of an article written by Jacob Mchangama (open Global Rights, 29 July 2014) which argues that legalising economic and social rights "will not help the poor."

The response by Wilson argues that "socio-economic rights contribute to economic and social transformation by correcting unreasonable state policy, and combating social exclusion. At its best, economic and social rights activism challenges power, mobilises poor communities and delivers significant concrete benefits to the poorest of the poor."