The Second Generation Challenges of the Right to Development (II): Is there an International Duty to Cooperate towards the Realization of the Right to Development? 

- 21st April 2018

In my previous post, I noted that the right to development should be rejuvenated by building on recent advances of international human rights law, which strengthened the international obligations of States — not towards their own populations, but towards populations located outside their national territory or the international community as a whole.  For the realization […]

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The Second Generation Challenges of the Right to Development (I): Can the Right to Development be Rescued? 

- 20th April 2018

More than thirty years have passed since the UN General Assembly proclaimed the right to development, but its promise remains largely unfulfilled. The right to development was intended to contribute to the reshaping of international economic relations: on it, an international legal order was to be built, that would allow the full realization of human rights. That […]

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Anudo v Tanzania: The African Court Recognises the Right to Nationality under Customary International Law

Ndjodi Ndeunyema - 19th April 2018

During the recently concluded 48th Ordinary Session, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights delivered a unanimous decision of significance to the African continent and beyond by determining that the right to nationality exists under customary international law. In an Application brought by Mr Anudo Ochieng Anudo against Tanzania, Mr Anudo claimed, amongst other […]

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Recent Trends in Climate Change Litigation: Colombia’s Amazon and Juliana v U.S   

Everaldo Lamprea and Daniela García - 13th April 2018

On April 4, 2018, the Colombian Supreme Court handed down an important ruling (Tutela, a rights-based injunction) on climate change. The plaintiffs in the case are twenty-five children who argued that the rapid deforestation of the Amazonian basin, which comprises 35% of Colombia’s territory, is contributing to global warming and affecting their rights, as well […]

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Moving towards the recognition and protection of climate change refugees under international human rights law

Patruni Srilakshmi - 9th April 2018

The recent hurricanes that hit the coast of the Caribbean have renewed the fears of a global climate refugee crisis. However, there is a lack of clarity on who exactly constitutes a climate refugee and what human rights protections they are entitled to. The UNHRC has stated that almost 36 million people have been displaced by […]

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Gaining More from Human Rights: Access to Health Care and Surviving Childbirth is not Enough

Camilla Pickles - 5th April 2018

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 seeks to ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all, at all ages. Within the maternity care context this requires a reduction in maternal mortality rates by securing universal access to facility-based care and skilled attendance during labour and childbirth. However, research focused on obstetric violence, humanisation of birth, mistreatment, […]

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U.N. Framework Principles on Human Rights and the Environment: A Catalyst for Grassroots-Centered U.S. Reform?

Nicholas Stump - 4th April 2018

John H. Knox, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, recently issued a final report to the U.N. Human Rights Council. The report, which contains 16 Framework Principles on Human Rights and the Environment, summarizes international environmental human rights obligations. These principles outline state obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, […]

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