Understand and investigate the interaction between human rights and law, the economy, society, politics and culture.
We undertake research in this field that is not only interdisciplinary, innovative and rigorous, but also seeks to learn from, and apply to, real-life circumstances. The manner and form in which we teach elements of this theme are also driven by experiential learning and actively promoting awareness of the often complex contexts in which development and human rights issues are to be found.
The field of human rights and development is an emerging and exciting new discipline. It embraces a broad range of global and local issues as reflected in the wealth of experience and expertise of our scholars.
The impact of research in this theme is wide and varied. It includes contributions to the fast growing body of scholarship in the area by way of books and articles, but also in policy applications through reports and submissions to governments and international bodies, including the UN, the World Bank and the African Union. Our research is also directly applied through our work for and with private sector organisations such as NGOs, corporations, law firms and other professional bodies, including courts. Some examples of these outputs and impacts include the following:
Our research has also led to novel and highly acclaimed teaching modules and/or offshore programs such as the Himalayan Field School on Development, Law and Human Rights conducted in Nepal, and Climate Disaster Law, and Law Tropical Forests and Carbon both taught at Cambridge University in the UK under the Sydney Law School in Europe program.