Development and Human Rights: Implications for the Globalised World

17 September-28 October 2014 (E02214) | Closed
Instructor: Mihir Kanade

This certificate course offered by HREA and the Human Rights Center of the University for Peace introduces participants to the major themes and debates concerning the relationship between human rights, development and the international legal regulation of the two. The course examines the historical evolution of the links between human rights and development, the contested nature of their meanings, the classical doctrinal debates about the right to development and the consequences of such conceptions for international human rights law and policy debates. Participants will explore the new streams of critique that have enabled a confluence as well as a questioning of the human rights-development linkages. In the latter part of the course, selected current issues in the human rights-development interface that are salient from a policy perspective will be examined, including the impact of justiciable socio-economic rights such as public health, land and housing rights, labour rights etc. How does international adjudication of human rights responds to questions of development and the ways in which globalisation and liberal economic arrangements affect the human rights and development debate? Finally, the course examines the role and accountability of financial institutions in these interfaces, their reforms and the international legal regulation of development projects including the security-development nexus that focuses on state building.

Course structure

This e-learning course involves approximately 30 hours of reading, interaction with students and instructor on discussion boards, quizzes, a written assignment and webinars. The course is based on a participatory, active learning approach, with an emphasis on critical reflection and peer-to-peer learning. The maximum number of course participants is 25. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Participation. It is also possible to audit the course.

Course outline

Week 1: Conceptions of human rights, conceptions of development and historical debates about the two concepts
Week 2: Doctrinal debates on human rights and the right to development
Week 3: UN Millennium Declaration, Millennium Development Goals and indicators
Week 4: Bringing the courts in/justiciability of rights vis-à-vis development: specific case studies
Week 5: Accountability of financial institutions
Week 6: International legal regulation of development projects; security-development nexus with focus on state building

About the instructor: Mihir Kanade

instructor photo_Mihir KanadeMihir Kanade is the Director of the Human Rights Center at the United Nations mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) and is an Academic Consultant to the Department of International Law and Human Rights at UPEACE. Prior to the present position, Mr. Kanade practiced for seven years as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of India and the Bombay High Court, focusing on issues of fundamental human rights violations. He holds a LL.B. from Nagpur University and a Masters degree in International Law and the Settlement of Disputes from UPEACE. He has served extensively as a legal advisor to many human rights organizations, including those involved with refugee protection, and has represented them before different courts and tribunals in criminal, constitutional, asylum, human rights and labour cases. His current primary area of academic research and study is Human Rights, Development and International Trade linkages. He is a consultant to the United Nations University, Tokyo, on a project titled ‘WTO Agreements, United Nations and Human Security’. Mr. Kanade is an instructor for the HREA-UPEACE Human Rights Centre e-learning courses Business and Human Rights, Corporate Social Responsibility, Health and Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, International Human Rights Law (Foundation Course) and International Trade and Human Rights.

Who should apply

The course is intended for staff members of development organisations, including development NGOs and UN specialised agencies. Candidates should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use. HREA and UPEACE aim to ensure equal gender and geographical distribution across the selected participants.


Tuition fee for participants: US$ 575 ; tuition for auditors: US$ 215. Payments can be made online by major credit cards (Discover, MasterCard, Visa), PayPal, bank transfer and money transfer (Western Union, MoneyGram). Bulk rates are available.

How to register

Registration is closed.

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