The World Bank as a Human Rights-Free Zone

Fannie Lafontaine and François Larocque (eds.), Doing Peace the Rights Way: Essays in International Law and Relations in Honour of Louise Arbour (Forthcoming)

NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 17-50

34 Pages Posted: 30 Nov 2017

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Philip Alston

New York University School of Law

Date Written: November 29, 2017

Abstract

This chapter analyses the World Bank’s approach to human rights, which it characterizes as incoherent, counterproductive and unsustainable. In analyzing the reasons for the Bank’s aversion to rights, it focuses on the “political prohibition” contained in the Bank’s Articles of Agreement and the contorted way in which it has been interpreted to prevent engagement with rights. The result is a policy approach that directly contradicts the international community’s consistent recognition of an integral relationship between human rights and development. It also prevents the Bank from putting into practice much of its own policy research and analysis, which points to the indispensability of the human rights dimensions of many core development issues.

Suggested Citation

Alston, Philip, The World Bank as a Human Rights-Free Zone (November 29, 2017). Fannie Lafontaine and François Larocque (eds.), Doing Peace the Rights Way: Essays in International Law and Relations in Honour of Louise Arbour (Forthcoming), NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 17-50, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3079899 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3079899

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