Development Decision Making and the Content of International Development Law
24 Pages Posted: 20 May 2004 Last revised: 16 Aug 2010
Date Written: 2004
International development law deals with the rights and duties of states and other actors in the development process. As the consensus view of the development process disintegrated during the 1970s and 1980s, the agreement on the content of international development law also began to break down. Today there are two competing idealized views of development. The first, the traditional view, maintains that development is about economic growth, which can be distinguished from other social, cultural, environmental, and political development issues in society. The second, the modern view, maintains that development is an integrated process of change involving intertwined economic, social, cultural, political, and environmental dimensions. These two views of development lead to different perceptions of the substantive content of international development law, of the importance of sovereignty, and of the relationship between national and international law in the law applicable to development.
Keywords: Development, environment, foreign investment, globalization, human rights, international development law, international economic law, international financial institutions, nongovernmental organizations, project, transnational corporations
JEL Classification: K33, O10, O19, O20
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