A Policy Approach to Human Rights Law: The Right to Development

  • Richard L. Siegel
Part of the Policy Studies Organization Series book series (PSOS)


The concept of human rights has expanded steadily since the close of the Second World War, and various, mostly Western, academic experts and national government representatives have opposed efforts to give priority to rights other than political and civil ones (Donnelly, 1981). Others defend, at least in part, efforts to incorporate and emphasize such claimed solidarity rights as self-determination, state control over natural resources, economic and social development, peace, and environmental protection into the body of fundamental human rights (Alston, 1981, p. 104; Falk, 1981, pp. 185–94). Intermediate between political-civil and solidarity rights stand largely welfare rights incorporated into the earliest United Nations human rights instruments, many of these reframed as ‘basic human needs’ to better relate them to the Third World context (Trubeck, 1984).


Human Dignity Distributive Justice Policy Approach World State International Economic Order 
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