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The Human Rights-Based Approach to Higher Education: Why Human Rights Norms Should Guide Higher Education Law and Policy

Jane Kotzmann

Abstract

A human right to higher education was included in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), which came into force in 1976. Yet the world has changed significantly since it was drafted. State legislation and policies have generally followed a neo-liberal trajectory, shifting the perception of higher education from being a public good to being a commodity. This model has been criticised, particularly because it generally reinforces social inequality. At the same time, attaining higher education has become more important than ever. Higher education is a prerequi ... More

Keywords: human right, higher education, human rights-based approach, market-based approach, ICESCR

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190863494
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190863494.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jane Kotzmann, author
Lecturer in International Law, Deakin University School of Law, Burwood, Australia