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Title: The right to development as freedom from neo-colonialism, other economic structures and systems of exclusion and exploitation
Author: Bawa, Muhammad
ISNI:       0000 0004 2732 8233
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2011
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The 1986 Declaration on the Right to Development (DRD) recognizes the right to development as the inalienable human right of every human person and all peoples. It has since failed to mature into treaty form because of polarized views over critical elements such as the right's philosophical coherence, its distinctive content and nature of corresponding obligations, amongst others, between developing and developed countries in the UN right to development discourse aimed at progressing it towards comprehensive realization and treaty form. The DRD is, however, to-date the most authoritative, detailed and authentic expression of the international community on the subject of the right to development as a human right. It has been the reference for attempts at practice. A challenge of persistent divergence of views calls for its interpretation in the light of the objects and purposes with recourse to the context of its adoption, subsequent practice, related agreements, experts' opinions, and preambular statements. A finding of convergence of positions and an informed interpretative outcome is facilitative of turning the DRD into hard law. The considerations of the declared objects affirm the right to development as a freedom from neo-colonialism, and other economic structures and systems of exploitation and exclusion of internal origin. A re-visit of the DRD more concretely specifies infringements, highlights responsive operational preconditions, makes provisions for the involvement of relevant expertise, monitoring, and state reporting illustrated in the case study of Ghana. As an inalienable human right, it portends the protection of the rational autonomy of } individuals and peoples in development to equitable outcomes and fulfilment. The right is, in this sense, philosophically coherent, and implementatble. It should thus mature into a treaty to protect human agency against the predations of neo-colonialism, and other economic structures and systems of exclusion and exploitation of internal origins.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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