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OADH 3010 - Human Rights, Development and Global Poverty

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

Voir les plans de cours et bibliographies



Course Description

The course is designed for students interested in social and economic development, global poverty, inequality, globalization and human rights issues. Prior or concurrent course in human rights and/or international law and/or academic or professional background in international/development studies is preferred, but not an absolute requirement.
Although the course will provide an overview of some of the major economic development theories, of some of the debates around and operational approaches to “global poverty”, of the basic doctrinal and institutional features of the international human rights framework, and of key multilateral institutions in the development field, it is not a comprehensive course in human rights law and/or in development studies. The course will focus on selected issues and current debates, particularly those touching on global poverty and systemic inequality. One of its underlying objectives will be to articulate a nuanced understanding of the contested nature of "development" and "human rights", both as normative frameworks and professional fields. Finally, by concluding with student-led workshops around social and economic rights in context, the course seeks to expose future practitioners of human rights and development to some of the legal, cultural, institutional and political economy dimensions raised by advocacy and policy-making in these fields*.


  • BOUAYAD, Aurelien (Teaching assistant)
  • PERELMAN, Jeremy (Professeur à Sciences Po)

Required reading


Plans de cours et bibliographies


Session1: Introductions:

  • What Is “Good” Development?
  • Key Concepts

Session 2:

  • Key Concepts and Recurring Tensions

Session 3:

  • Recurring tensions and Case Study: Realizing Health Rights in a High Poverty Setting

Part One: From Rights/Growth Trade-offs to Rights-Based Development (RBD): A Historical Perspective

Session 4:

  • From Trade-offs to RBD (1): Development versus Human Rights? Modernization, order and the developmental state

Session 5:

  • Email paper abstracts and workshop plans by 2 p.m. bring hard copies to class
  • Paper and Workshop Meetings
  • From Trade-offs to RBD (2): A Right to Development?(to be confirmed)

Session 6:

  • From Trade-offs to RBD (3): Structural Adjustment and Human Rights: the politics of Aid Conditionality

Session 7:

  • From Trade-offs to RBD (4): Human development and Rights-based Approaches in the post-Washington Consensus: Poverty Alleviation?

Part Two: Current Issues (topics to be confirmed)

Session 8:

  • Human Rights at the World Bank:
  • Rhetoric and Practice

Session 9:

  • Rule-of-Law Reform and human rights

Session 10:

  • Human rights dimensions of globalization: transnational corporations, work and development

Part 3 Social and Economic Rights-based Development Strategies in Action: The Workshops

Session 11:

  • To be determined based on student interest

Session 12:

  • To be determined based on student interest

Short 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 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. He 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.