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Human rights and development

Gain an informed critique of international human rights law

Understand and investigate the interaction between human rights and law, the economy, society, politics and culture.

Our vision

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.

Our work

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.

  • Professor David Kinley's research focuses on the interactions between human rights and the global economy, especially the financial sector.
  • Associate Professor Jacqueline Mowbray is particularly interested in the human rights of minority groups, especially linguistic minorities, and in theoretical approaches to understanding human rights and development.
  • Professor Ben Saul focuses on the role of human rights in development, particularly economic, social and cultural rights, the rights of indigenous peoples and the rights of vulnerable refugees.
  • Professor Mary Crock's research examines the treatment and lived experiences of vulnerable migrants, including children and refugees with disabilities in various displacement contexts. 
  • Professor Rita Shackel's work interrogates the gendered, institutional and structural dimensions to address contemporary challenges in human rights and development.
  • Professor Rosemary Lyster approaches human rights and development from the perspective of Climate Justice and disasters, including with regard to climate displaced persons, and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+).
  • Dr Rayner Thwaites's research includes analysis of the effect of rights instruments on legal reasoning in public law. His main substantive areas of research are citizenship, immigration and national security and the relationship between them.

Our experts