Development as a Vehicle for Principled Engagement on Human Rights: The Implications of ‘New Aid’?

PRINCIPLED ENGAGEMENT: PROMOTING HUMAN RIGHTS IN PARIAH STATES, Ashgate Publishers, 2013

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 11/99

29 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2011 Last revised: 14 Feb 2013

David Kinley

The University of Sydney Law School

Date Written: December 11, 2011

Abstract

The notion of ‘principled engagement’ with pariah states on human rights grounds takes a middle path between ostracism and business-as-usual at either end of the policy spectrum. This essay illustrates how human rights and development can and should be mutually reinforcing, each offering a tool for the other to achieve its aims – development providing an instrument by which principled engagement between states on human rights issues can be promoted, while human rights provide a set of principles for engagement on development issues that enhance the effectiveness of aid.

The eclectic phenomena of ‘New Aid’ – that is, new ways by which aid is delivered, such as alongside or through military campaigns, by private sector philanthrocapitalism, and by some developing states themselves including, and especially, China - creates challenges as well as opportunities for the promotion of principled engagement. This essay examines the interplay between principled engagement and New Aid, bringing the relationship between human rights and development into sharper focus and helping redefine, combine and distinguish their respective methods and goals.

Keywords: human rights, development, principled engagement, international relations, militarisation of aid, Chinese aid, private sector aid

JEL Classification: K10, K30, K33

Suggested Citation

Kinley, David, Development as a Vehicle for Principled Engagement on Human Rights: The Implications of ‘New Aid’? (December 11, 2011). PRINCIPLED ENGAGEMENT: PROMOTING HUMAN RIGHTS IN PARIAH STATES, Ashgate Publishers, 2013; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 11/99. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1971012

David Kinley (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

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The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

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