The Right to Development (RTD) is a new and highly contested right. Its emergence is linked to the demand for a ‘new international economic order’ by developing countries. Composite in nature and integrating civil and political rights with economic, social and cultural rights, the RTD approach underscores participation, a fair sharing of benefits, transparency and non-discrimination. The present volume explores the theoretical and practical aspects of RTD as an alternative to existing approaches to development. It brings together the reflections and insights of some of the finest scholars on the specific aspects of RTD.

The Right to Development and International Economic Regimes

The Right to Development and International Economic Regimes

The right to development and international economic regimes


The recognition of the right to development must necessarily alter the perception of the role and implications of international economic regimes on macro policies of developing countries. The 1986 Declaration on the Right to Development specifically recognises that realising the right to development would ensure ‘equality of opportunity for all in their access to basic resources, education, health services, food housing, employment and the fair distribution of income’, as well as ‘appropriate social and economic reforms’ and the eradication of all social injustices. The Independent Expert in his 1999 report describes the right to development as ‘a vector of different elements, including the right to food, the right to health, ...

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