Human Rights And Development: Towards Mutual Reinforcement

Paperback | September 29, 2005

EditorPhilip Alston, Mary Robinson

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For several decades after the UN Charter insisted that the promotion of development and human rights were central to post-World War II conceptions of world order, the two fields remained in virtual isolation from one another. Only in the past 15 years or so, with the fall of the Berlin Walland the realization that freedom and economic well-being are empirically linked, have the professional communities dealing with development and human rights issues really begun to communicate effectively. But too much of the dialogue has been confined to an abstract or theoretical level. This volume addresses highly specific but crucial aspects of the human rights and development interface, including the economics of social rights; land rights and women's empowerment; child labour and access to education; reform of legal and judicial systems; the human rights role of the privatesector; and building human rights into development planning, especially the Poverty Reduction Strategy process. Contributors include lawyers, economists, and both scholarly and practitioner perspectives are presented. Several chapters are written by Senior World Bank officials, including the Bank's President and the head of the International Finance Corporation.

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For several decades after the UN Charter insisted that the promotion of development and human rights were central to post-World War II conceptions of world order, the two fields remained in virtual isolation from one another. Only in the past 15 years or so, with the fall of the Berlin Walland the realization that freedom and economic ...

Philip Alston is Professor of Law at New York University Law School and Faculty Director of its Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. Since 2002 he has been Special Adviser to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Millennium Development Goals. Professor Mary Robinson founded Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalizatio...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.24 inPublished:September 29, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceNotes on ContributorsList of TablesList of FiguresAbbreviations1. Philip Alston and Mary Robinson: The Challenges of Ensuring the Mutuality of Human Rights and Development Endeavours2. James D. Wolfensohn: Some Reflections on Human Rights and Development3. Mary Robinson: What Rights Can Add to Good Development PracticeA. The Economics of Social Rights4. Jean Dreze: Democracy and the Right to Food5. Varun Gauri: Social Rights and Economics: Claims to Health Care and Education in Developing CountriesB. Land Rights and Women's Empowerment6. Kerry Rittich: The Properties of Gender Equality7. Karen O. Mason and Helene M. Carlsson: The Development Impact of Gender Equality in Land Rights8. Janet Walsh: Women's Property Rights Violations in KenyaC. Child Labour and Access to Education9. Gordon Betcherman, Jean Fares, Amy Luinstra, and Robert Prouty: Child Labour, Education, and Children's Rights10. Elizabeth D. Gibbons, Friedrich Huebler and Edilberto Loaiza: Child Labour, Education, and the Principle of Non-Discrimination11. Philip Alston and Nehal Bhuta: Human Rights and Public Goods: Education as a Fundamental Right in IndiaD. Reform of Legal and Judicial Systems12. Christina Biebesheimer: The Impact of Human Rights Principles on Justice Reform in the Inter-American Development Bank13. Stephen Golub: Less Law and Reform, More Politics and Enforcement: A Civil Society Approach to Integrating Rights and DevelopmentE. The Role of the Private Sector in Promoting Human Rights14. Peter Woicke: Putting Human Rights Principles into Development Practice through Finance: The Experience of the International Finance Corporation15. Daniel Kaufmann: Human Rights and Governance: The Empirical Challenge16. Olivier de Schutter: Transnational Corporations as Instruments of Human DevelopmentF. Building Human Rights into Development Planning Processes: The PRSP Exercise17. Frances Stewart and Michael Wang: Poverty Restriction Strategy Papers within the Human Rights Perspective18. Gobind Nankani, John Page, and Lindsay Judge: Human Rights and Poverty Restriction Strategies: Moving Towards Convergence?19. Mark W. Plant: Human Rights, Poverty Restriction Strategies, and the Role of the International Monetary Fund20. Roberto Danino: The Legal Aspects of the World Bank's Work on Human Rights: Some Preliminary Thoughts