Human Rights and Human Development
Human rights and human development analyzes the different efforts that have been made to re-conceptualize economic relations between developed and developing countries in terms of rights and obligation under the normative paradigm of human rights. Topics covered include: (1) the NIEO program sponsored by the Non Aligned Movement in the UN General Assembly; (2) the Millennium Development Goals and the Sustainable Development Goals; (3) the human rights-based approach to development programming; (4) World Bank safeguard policies and Inspection Panel process; (5) the capabilities approach of Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum as an overarching framework for thinking about development; (6) exploitative economic practices such as “land grabbing” and modern forms of slavery; (7) basic inequality measures, human rights indicators and the SERF index. This course is interdisciplinary in nature and explores the limited hard law and soft law that exists in the field of human development with the aid of extra-legal perspectives. It also provides students with some opportunities to engage with the mechanics and difficulties of measuring human rights achievement.
Doelstellingen van dit vak
By the end of the course students should be able:
- To understand modern schools of thought linking human rights to human development
- To compare the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to the regulation of development
- To be able to evaluate complex fact patterns and policy programs from the perspective of human development.
- To demonstrate their knowledge by presenting complex information to an audience
- To integrate legal knowledge and skills in a wider interdisciplinary conceptual framework
- To recognize the basic tasks involved in measuring human rights, to understand the normative choices that need to be made in this enteprise and to be able to compare the pros and cons of different measures.
A basic knowledge of human rights law and/or international economic law.
The course works with articles and books readily available from the online library.