SouthViews No. 212, 28 January 2021
The Right to Development and its Role in International Economic Law
By Olasupo Owoeye
This paper provides a brief discussion on the right to development and examines some of the criticisms often raised against its significance as a cognizable human right. The paper argues that the principles encapsulated in the right to development represent the foundational principles of the international legal order. The right to development is therefore both a human right and an economic right. Thus, the principles it embodies are not only incorporated into the International Bill of Human Rights, they are also well reflected in World Trade Organization agreements and the field of international economic law. The paper argues that the right to development can play an important role in the interpretation and enforcement of rights under international economic law.
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This article was tagged: Access to Knowledge, Access to Medicines, African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade, Australia, Customary International Law, Economic Growth, Human Development, Human Rights, ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, Inequality, Innovation, Intellectual Property, International Bill of Human Rights, International Court of Justice (ICJ), International Economic Law, International Law, Investment Agreement, Poverty, Right to Development (RtD), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Tobacco Packaging Measures, Trade, TRIPS, United Nations (UN) Charter, United Nations Declaration on the Right to Development (UNDRTD), United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), World Trade Organization (WTO)