Compulsory Development: Narrative Self-sponsorship and the Right to Self-Determination

Joseph R. Slaughter

in Human Rights, Inc.

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780823228171
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241033 | DOI:
Compulsory Development: Narrative Self-sponsorship and the Right to Self-Determination

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Fifty years after the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), human rights have been rearticulated explicitly as a program for development; nonetheless, the human person(ality) remains both the fundamental principle behind the law and its ultimate referent — the projected vanishing point of the convergence of human rights and development discourses. According to international law, the rights to development and self-determination derive from and realize the dignity and worth of the human person and the sovereignty of the human personality. In the “global information age,” human personality development (Bildung) becomes quantitative as well as qualitative. The relatively recent appointment of a right to development among the list of fundamental human rights makes explicit some of the unstated assumptions about the human personality and its free and full development that underpinned the UDHR.

Keywords: Universal Declaration of Human Rights; human person; development; self-determination; sovereignty; human personality; Bildung; human rights; dignity; worth

Chapter.  24075 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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