1st Edition

The Human Right to Development in a Globalized World

By Daniel Aguirre Copyright 2008

    Offering a comprehensive analysis of the human right to development and its realistic application in an era of economic globalization, Daniel Aguirre provides a multidisciplinary overview of economic globalization and examines its challenges to the realization of human development. He takes this further by engaging with these challenges and highlighting the human rights opportunities presented by economic globalization and the international investment system. The volume proposes a triadic system of responsibility for human rights in development, to include mapping the overlapping human rights responsibilities of corporations at the micro-level, of states at the macro-level and of the international community at the meso-level. The scope of the book is broad and the approach to the subject is new. It will generate interest across many disciplines including political science, international law and economics. Activists, academics and development practitioners in many fields should also read this book.

    Contents: Introduction: economic globalization and human rights; Part 1 Development in a Global World: Human rights and development cooperation in context; Development cooperation in theory: the right to development; Development cooperation in practice: international investment law. Part 2 Triadic Responsibility in a Global World: Micro-level: corporate responsibility; Macro-level regulation: state responsibility; Meso-level regulation: the international cooperation and collective responsibility; Conclusion: the right to development, legitimacy and stability in a global world; Bibliography; Index.


    Dr Daniel Aguirre, EarthRights International, Chiang Mai University, Thailand.

    'In a significant addition to the literature, which will be of value to practitioners and academics alike, Aguirre illuminates the conflicts between international investment law and the right to development. In developing and advocating a triadic responsibility model for greater accountability of non-state actors, he convincingly makes the case that rights-based development needs to be realized in order to promote global stability and security.' Michael Kearney, University of York, UK 'A timely contribution to the recently reinvigorated United Nations debate on the right to development. The book offers a unique, detailed analysis of the international dimension of the right to development, and specifically of the responsibilities of developed States, corporate actors and the international community. It should be of interest not only to the international academic community, but to all those actively engaged in pursuing strategies aimed at achieving more social justice at a global scale.' Koen De Feyter, University of Antwerp , Belgium 'In this illuminating book Daniel Aguirre advances the literature in the areas of globalisation, development and human rights... it is easily readable and extremely informative... His belief is that human rights adherence gives legitimacy and stability to states, which in turn promotes the conditions for corporations to thrive. If this can be proven, those corporations and states that determine the international markets will hopefully move towards a solution. Aguirre's book is, in my opinion, an adept description of why this should happen.' Political Studies Review