Human Rights and Development: Towards Mutual Reinforcement

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Philip Alston, Mary Robinson, New York University. Center for Human Rights and Global Justice
Oxford University Press, 2005 - Business & Economics - 551 pages
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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 Wall and 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 private sector; 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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Contents

Some Reflections on Human Rights and Development 19
4
Child Labour Education and the Principle
10
Wolfensohn
19
What Rights Can Add to Good Development Practice
25
Democracy and the Right to Food
45
Claims to Health Care
65
The Properties of Gender Equality
87
The Development Impact of Gender Equality in Land Rights
114
The Impact of Human Rights Principles on Justice Reform
269
A Civil
292
Putting Human Rights Principles into Development Practice
327
The Empirical Challenge
352
Transnational Corporations as Instruments of Human
403
Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers within the Human Rights
447
Moving
475
Human Rights Poverty Reduction Strategies and the Role
498

Womens Property Rights Violations in Kenya
133
Child Labor Education and Childrens Rights
173
Education as
242
The Legal Aspects of the World Banks Work on Human
509
Index
525
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About the author (2005)


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 Globalization Initiative in 2002. Previously she was President of the Republic of Ireland (1990-97), and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002).

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