Development and the rule of law: prevention versus cure as a human rights strategy

Basic working paper by Philip Alston following the conference on ‘Development and the rule of law’, held in The Hague, 27 April-1 May 1981.

This paper is designed to provide an overview of some of the main development issues with which the international human rights community has been attempting  to grapple in recent years.

This paper includes:

  • Introduction
  • Redressing the curative imbalance in the United Nations’ approach to human rights : the role of lawyers
  • The relationship between the two sets of rights : civil and political rights and economic, social and cultural rights
  • Participation in the development process
  • Agrarian reform, labour legislation and legal resources for the rural and urban poor
  • Human rights and the formulation and application of development policies : (a) the national level, (b) the international level
  • Human rights and the New International Economic Order
  • The right to development as an emerging human right

Universal-rule of law development-working paper-1981-eng (full text in English, PDF)

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