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The Right to Development and International Economic Law

Legal and Moral Dimensions

By: Isabella D Bunn
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Published: 01-03-2012
Format: Hardback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 368
ISBN: 9781841136004
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: Studies in International Trade and Investment Law
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
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About The Right to Development and International Economic Law

The United Nations is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the 1986 Declaration on the Right to Development, which proclaimed the right to be: 'an inalienable human right by virtue of which every human person and all peoples are entitled to participate in, contribute to, and enjoy economic, social, cultural and political development, in which all human rights and fundamental freedoms can be realized'. The UN now aims to mainstream the right into its policies and operational activities, and is reviewing prospects for an internationally-binding legal instrument. The evolution of the right to development, however, has been dominated by debates about its conceptual validity and practical ramifications. It has been hailed as the cornerstone of the entire human rights system and criticized as a distracting ideological initiative. Questions also persist about the role of the right in reforming the international economic order.
This book examines the legal and moral foundations of the right to development, addressing the major issues. It then considers the right to development in the global economy, noting the challenges of globalization and identifying key principles such as differential treatment of developing countries, participation and accountability. It relates the right to broad objectives such as the Millennium Development Goals, the human rights-based approach to development, and environmental sustainability. Implications for international economic law and policy in the areas of trade, development finance and corporate responsibility are assessed. The conclusion looks to the legal and ethical contributions - and limitations - of the right to development in this new context. With an academic and professional background in international law, human rights and moral theology, the author brings a unique interdisciplinary focus to this timely project.

Table Of Contents

IIntroduction: The Debate on the Right to Development
The Discourse within the United Nations
The International Legal Dimensions
The Moral Dimensions
Organization of the Book
1 The Context of the Right to Development
2 The Legal Formulation of the Right to Development
3 The Moral Basis of the Right to Development
4 The Right to Development as a Human Right
5 The Meaning of Development
6 The Substance of the Right to Development
7 The Legal Status of the Right to Development
8 The Challenges of Globalization
9 Principles for the Realization of the Right to Development
10 International Trading System
11 Financing for Development
12 Corporate Responsibility
Appendix 1 Text of the UN Declaration on the Right to Development
Appendix 2 Table of United Nations Core Human Rights Conventions
Appendix 3 Table of United Nations Documents and Reports
Appendix 4 Table of Church and Ecumenical Documents
Appendix 5 Table on the United Nations Global Partnership for the Right to Development


“...Bunn's work is highly interesting and is undoubtedly a valuable contribution to knowledge in the field of development. Her well-written book takes a multi-dimensional approach to a complicated subject, and asks difficult questions of both opponents and proponents of the right to development. I would therefore commend it to anyone with an interest in the field of development.” –  Avidan Kent, Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law, Volume 2(2)

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