Realizing the Right to Development

Essays in Commemoration of 25 Years of the United Nations Declaration on the Right to Development

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This book is devoted to the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Right to Development. It contains a collection of analytical studies of various aspects of the right to development, which include the rule of law and good governance, aid, trade, debt, technology transfer, intellectual property, access to medicines and climate change in the context of an enabling environment at the local, regional and international levels. It also explores the issues of poverty, women and indigenous peoples within the theme of social justice and equity. The book considers the strides that have been made over the years in measuring progress in implementing the right to development and possible ways forward to make the right to development a reality for all in an increasingly fragile, interdependent and ever-changing world.



Mainstreaming the right to development into the World Trade Organization

Since the end of the cold war, two main visions have underpinned the normative evolution of international order: the vision of human rights and humanity and that of economic globalization. Historically, the legal, institutional and policy cultures of international human rights law and of international trade law operated almost entirely in isolation from one another. At the same time, as a matter of international law, the international human rights system and the World Trade Organization (WTO) regime are both based primarily on treaty obligations. A large majority of States are signatories to both the core WTO treaties (the so-called Covered Agreements) and the main United Nations human rights instruments.


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