Human Rights and Human Development
Human rights and human development analyzes the different efforts that have been made to reconceptualize economic relations between developed and developing countries in terms of human rights. Topics covered include: (1) the NIEO program sponsored by the Non Aligned Movement in the UN General Assembly; (2) the normative framework of sustainable development; (3) the Millennium Development Goals and the Sustainable Development Goals; (4) modern definitions of poverty as lack of capabilities and social exclusion; (5) the human rights based approach to development programming; (6) the safeguard policies and inspection panel procedure of the World Bank; (7) exploitative economic practices such as “land grabbing” and modern forms of slavery; (8) the capabilities approach of Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum as an overarching framework for thinking about development. 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 philosophical and social-scientific perspectives.
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
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.