Human Rights and Global Development

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Human Rights and Global Development

  • Professeurs : Jeremy Perelman, Olivier De Schutter, Joaquin Velez Navarro
  • Session : juillet
  • Langue d'enseignement : anglais
  • Nombre d'heures de cours : 36

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Objective of the Course

This course will use a seminar-style approach to explore the linkages between human rights and development from a historical, theoretical, and practical perspective. Its departure point is the emergence, both in academia and policy, of a "human rights and development" trend over the past two decades. This trend is a result of the combined failure of development economics and the human rights movement to effectively address the challenge of global poverty and inequality.

The class will seek to address a number of related questions through a multidisciplinary lens, including: is development too often conducive to human rights violations, or is it a means to realize human rights? Does a focus on realizing human rights hinder development, or does it help generate more - and “better” - development? Is development a human right?


The course will begin with several introductory sessions that establish a common vocabulary of basic concepts, which we will use throughout the course, and that explore three key tensions at the intersection of human rights and development.

We will then examine the key historical steps of the human rights/development interplay, starting with the post- World War II emergence of both movements, and highlighting some of the major stages up to the current “rights-based approaches to human development”.

We will then focus on some of the key themes and current policy debates in the field, and how they play out at different levels, including an international financial institution (the World Bank), national-level development strategies (“rule of law” reforms), and the private sector.

Finally, through interactive workshops based on case studies of advocacy campaigns in Africa and Latin America, we will focus on how social and economic rights -“second generation” human rights to food, health, housing and a decent livelihood – operate in the context of developing countries.

Organization of the Course

Introductory classes:

  • Introduction
  • What Is “Good” Development?
  • Key concepts (“human rights”, “development”) & recurring tensions

Part I : From human rights vs. development “trade-offs” to rights-based development: a historical perspective

Part II : Current issues; rights-based strategies in action

Main Professor Biography

Jeremy Perelman has been involved in a variety of research, teaching and advocacy projects in the fields of human rights and development in the U.S., South Africa, Ghana and Latin America. He notably co-directed a research project for French institutions on access to justice in South Africa in 2000-2001, and was a researcher and consultant for the Center for Economic and Social Rights, an international NGO based in New York. A member of the Paris Bar, Perelman holds Masters degrees in International Law and International Affairs from Stanford Law School and the Fletcher School at Tufts University, as well as a Doctorate (S.J.D.) from Harvard Law School.

His research focuses on the intersection between human rights-based approaches to development, global economic governance, and governance, and social change advocacy in the Global South. He is the co-editor of Stones of Hope: How African Activists Reclaim Human rights to Challenge Global Poverty (with Lucie E. White eds., Stanford University Press, November 2010), a volume co-authored by African human rights advocates and social justice scholars. He is since 2012 a Faculty Member of Harvard Law School's Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP)'s Annual Workshop, and has received an IGLP grant to co- direct a research project on Human Rights, Poverty and Heterodox Approaches to Development.

Before joining Sciences Po Law School in September 2011, Jeremy Perelman has been a Lecturer-in-Law and Fellow in Residence at the Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School, and a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Jeremy Perelman is Assistant Professor at Sciences Po Law School, where he teaches or has taught International Human Rights Law (College), and seminars on "Human Rights, Global Poverty & Development" (Law School) and "Advocating for Human Rights to Challenge Global Poverty" (PSIA). He is also the Faculty and Executive Director of the Sciences Po Law School Clinic, and the scientific and pedagogical supervisor for the clinic's HEDG and RISE programs.

Professor Perelman was awarded a Seed Grant for Joint Faculty Projects from the Alliance Columbia program in 2012, as well as a grant from the French Ministry of Justice's Mission de Recherche Droit et Justice in November 2013 for a collaborative project co-directed with Marie Mercat- Bruns focusing on anti-discrimination law and institutions. He sits on the Editorial Committee of the European Journal of Human Rights.

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