Syllabus - reading requirements

Books and the compendium can be bought in Akademika bookstore, Domus Nova building, Faculty of Law.

Required readings – main book

  1. Malcolm Langford, Andrew Sumner, and Alicia Ely Yamin (eds.), The MDGs and Human Rights: Past, Present and Future. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013, Chapter 1, pp.1-29 . The following chapters from the book:
  • Langford, Malcolm, Andrew Sumner and Alicia Ely Yamin (eds)., Chapter 1, pp.1-29 [29 pages]
  • McInerney-Lankford, Siobhan, ‘International Development Actors and Human Rights: Legal Accountability and the MDGs,’ pp.160-199 [40 pages]
  • Caliari, Aldo and Mac Darrow, ‘International Cooperation, MDG 8, and Human Rights,’ pp. 316-353. Read pp. 327-348 [21 pages]
  • Stein, Michael, Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo and Janet Lord. ‘Education and HIV/AIDS: Disability Rights and Inclusive Development,’, pp.274-294 [21 pages]
  • Langford, Malcolm, ‘Civil and Political Rights and the Post-2015 Agenda: Once More unto the Breach,’ pp. 503-535 [32 pages]
  • Huchzermeyer, Marie, ‘“Slum” Upgrading and “Slum” Eradication? The Mixed Message of the MDGs, pp. 295-315 [21 pages]

Required readings – articles in a compendium

  1. Bull, Benedicte, ‘Development Theory Revisited,’ in Dan Banik (ed), Poverty, Politics and Development. Oslo: Fagbokforlaget, 2006. Chapter 2, pp.28-52 [24 pages]*
  2. Sen, Amartya, Development as Freedom. New York: Anchor Books, 1999. Introduction, pp.3-11 [8 pages]*
  3. Pogge, Thomas, World Poverty and Human Rights. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2002. Chapter 1, pp.33-57 [24 pages]*
  4. Gready, Paul and Jonathan Ensor (eds.), Reinventing Development? Translating Rights-based Approaches from theory into practice. London: Zed Books, 2005. Introduction, pp.1-41 [40 pages]*
  5. Marks, Stephen, ‘Obligations to Implement the Right to Development,’ in Bård Anders Andreassen and Stephen Marks (eds.), Development as a Human Right: Legal, Political and Economic Dimensions. Antwerp: Intersentia, 2010. pp.71-100 [29 pages]*
  6. Banik, Dan, Poverty and Elusive Development. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget, 2010. Chapter 4, pp. 83-121 [38 pages]*
  7. Andreassen, Bård Anders and Gordon Crawford, 'Human Rights, Power and Civic Action: Theoretical Considerations,' in Bård Anders Andreassen and Gordon Crawford (eds.), Human Rights, Power and Non-Governmental Action: Comparative analyses of rights-based approaches and civic struggles in development contexts. London: Routledge, 2013, pp.1-19 [19 pages]*
  8. Andreassen, Bård Anders, ‘Development and Human Rights Responsibilities of Non-state Actors,’ in Bård Anders Andreassen and Stephen Marks (eds.), Development as a Human Right: Legal, Political and Economic Dimensions. Antwerp: Intersentia, 2010, pp.149-174 [25 pages]*
  9. Jonsson, Urban, ‘A Human Rights-Based Approach to Programming,’ in Paul Gready and Jonathan Ensor (eds.), Reinventing Development? Translating Rights-based Approaches from Theory into Practice. London: Zed Books, 2005. Chapter 2, pp.47-62 [15 pages]*
  10. Rioux, Marcia H. and Christopher A. Riddle, ‘Values in Disability Policy and Law: Equality,’ in Marcia H. Rioux, Lee Ann Basser and Melinda Jones (eds.), Critical Perspectives on Human Rights and Disability Law. Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2011, pp.37-57 [21 pages]*
  11. Banik, Dan, (ed.), Rights and Legal Empowerment in Eradicating Poverty. Farnham: Ashgate, 2008. Chapters 1, pp.11-30 [19 pages]*
  12. Gilbert, Jeremie and David Keane‚ ‘The New Scramble for Africa: Towards a Human-Rights Based Approach to Large-Scale Land Acquisitions in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Sub-Region,’ in Ben Chigara (ed.), Southern African Development Community Land Issues: Towards a New Sustainable Land Relations Policy. London: Routledge, 2011, pp.144-168 [22 pages]*
  13. Humphreys, Stephen, ‘Competing Claims: Human Rights and Climate Harms,’ in Stephen Humphreys (ed.), Human Rights and Climate Change. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010, pp.37-68 [31 pages]*
  14. Caney, Simon, ‘Climate Change, Human Rights and Moral Thresholds,’ in Stephen Humphreys (ed.), in Human Rights and Climate Change. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010, pp.69-90 [22 pages]*


Required readings - articles to be found online

  1. Miller, Hannah, ‘From “Rights-Based” to “Rights-Framed” Approaches: A Social Constructionist View of Human Rights Practice,’ in International Journal of Human Rights. Vol 14 (2010), pp.915-931 [15 pages]
  2. Gauri, Varun and Siri Gloppen, Human Rights Based Approaches to Development: Concepts, Evidence, and Policy. World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 5938. [26 pages]
  3. The Report of the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Read pp.1-27 [27 pages]
  4. Farmer, Paul, Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003. Chapter 1 [10 pages]
  5. Yamin, Alicia Ely and Kathryn Falb, ‘Counting What We Know; Knowing What to Count: Sexual and Reproductive Rights, Maternal Health, and the Millennium Development Goals,’ in Nordic Journal of Human Rights. Vol. 30, 2013, pp.350-71. [22 pages]
  6. Centre for Economic and Social Rights (CESR), Assessing Fiscal Policies from a Human Rights Perspective. 2012. pp.1-25 [25 pages]
  7. Amnesty International, The Total Abortion Ban in Nicaragua: Women’s Lives and Health Endangered, Medical Professionals Criminalized. 2009. pp.1-36 [36 pages]
  8. Nordic Consulting Group (2012), Mainstreaming Disability in the New Development Paradigm Evaluation of Norwegian Support to Promote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Oslo: NORAD, 2012. Read pp.xv-xxiv, pp.14-21, pp.21-25 and pp.75-85 [30 pages]
  9. Hyden, Goran, ‘Making the State Responsive: Rethinking Governance Theory and Practice,’ in UNDP (ed.), Making the State Responsive: Experience with Democratic Governance Assessments. New York: UNDP, 2011. pp.5-28 [23 pages]
  10. Report of the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context, Raquel Rolnik (main focus: Mapping and framing security of tenure), UN Doc. A/HRC/22/46. pp.3-22 [19 pages]
  11. Hayward, Tim, ‘Human Rights versus Emissions Rights: Climate Justice and the Equitable Distribution of Ecological Space,’ in Ethics and International Affairs. Vol. 21, No. 4 (2007), pp 431-450 [19 pages]
  12. Joseph, Sarah, Blame it on the WTO? A Human Rights Critique. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. Chapter 5, pp.1-36 [36 pages]
  13. European Report on Development. Post 2015: Global Action for an Inclusive and Sustainable Future. 2013. Chapter 9, pp.170-194 [25 pages]


Total:  814 pages.



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