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Human Rights and Development: Towards Mutual Reinforcement

Philip Alston and Mary Robinson


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 fifteen 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 book addr ... More

Keywords: human rights, world order, Berlin Wall, social rights, land rights, women's empowerment, child labour, Poverty Reduction Strategy

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Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199284627
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199284627.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Alston, editor
Professor of Law at New York University Law School, and Faculty Director of its Center for Human Rights and Global Justice

Mary Robinson, editor
Formerly President of the Republic of Ireland (1990–97) and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997–2002)

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PART A The Economics of Social Rights

PART B Land Rights and Women’s Empowerment

7 The Development Impact of Gender Equality in Land Rights

Karen O. Mason, and Helene M. Carlsson

Part C Child Labour and Access to Education

9 Child Labor, Education, and Children’s Rights

Gordon Betcherman, Jean Fares, Amy Luinstra, and Robert Prouty

10 Child Labour, Education, and the Principle of Non-Discrimination

Elizabeth D. Gibbons, Friedrich Huebler, and Edilberto Loaiza

Part D Reform of Legal and Judicial Systems

Part E The Role of the Private Sector in Promoting Human Rights

PART F Building Human Rights into Development Planning Processes: The PRSP Exercise

Part G The World Bank and Human Rights

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