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Human Rights in Education, Science and Culture
Legal Developments and Challenges

ISBN 9780754673125
Published December 21, 2007 by Routledge
336 Pages

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Book Description

Human rights are at the heart of UNESCO’s work in the fields of education, science and culture. Conceived from an international human rights legal framework, Human Rights in Education, Science and Culture: Legal Developments and Challenges combines insights into the content, scope of application and corresponding state obligations of these rights with analyses of issues relating to their implementation. The volume begins by presenting the principles of the indivisibility, interrelatedness and interdependence of all human rights. It then turns to questions related to economic, social and cultural rights, including their justiciability, their application between private parties and the development of indicators for measuring their implementation. Finally, it addresses the right to education, the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications, and the right to take part in cultural life - the content and scope of application of the latter two rights being especially in need of further elucidation. Dedicated to the sixtieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, this volume should be an invaluable resource for all those working in the area of human rights.

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword; Introduction, Pierre Sané; Interdependence and indivisibility of human rights, Asbjørn Eide; The justiciability of socio-economic and cultural rights: experience and problems, Frans Viljoen; Development of indicators for economic, social and cultural rights: the rights to education, participation in cultural life, and access to the benefits of science, Audrey R. Chapman; The applicability of human rights between private parties, Christian Courtis; Content and scope of the right to education as a human right and obstacles to its realization, Fons Coomans; The legal framework of the right to take part in cultural life, Yvonne Donders; Study of the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific and technological progress and its application, William A. Schabas; Conclusion, Vladimir Volodin and Yvonne Donders; Index.

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Dr Yvonne Donders is Deputy Director of the Amsterdam Centre for International Law at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She was previously Programme Specialist in the Division of Human Rights and Struggle Against Discrimination of UNESCO's Secretariat. She is a former vice-chair of the Dutch United Nations Association. Vladimir Volodin is Chief of Human Rights and Gender Equality Section at UNESCO. As a diplomat and international civil servant he was heavily involved with human rights sessions, including the UN General Assembly, ECOSOC, the commission on Human Rights and its Sub-Commission as well as working and drafting groups, and treaty monitoring bodies.


'...a rare combination of insight for all those who desire to contribute in the evolving area of human extraordinary contribution and excellent reading material...[this] publication is a mine of information and an invaluable resource for those working in the area of human rights.' Journal of Educational Planning and Administration