Professor Sundhya Pahuja
Director, Law and Development Research Programme,
Institute for International Law and the Humanities
Development and Human Rights: An Unsustainable Marriage?
Two challenges will define the geopolitical landscape of the coming decades; the rapid approach of the earth’s biophysical limits and increasing global inequality. Addressing these two challenges at the same time will be critical to global security. Current institutional responses to these issues centre on the concepts of ‘sustainable development’, ‘rights based development’, and ‘inclusive growth’. This lecture will place the twin challenges in historical perspective, and consider whether the institutional solutions being proferred are adequate to the task.
Sundhya Pahuja is jointly Professor of International Law at the University of Melbourne, and Research Professor in Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London. She researches, supervises and teaches in the areas of international law, development and legal theory. Her work focuses on questions of global justice and relations between North and South. Sundhya also teaches on international law and global political economy at the Harvard Institute for Global Law and Policy, holds a Visiting Professorship at Birkbeck, University of London, and is Affiliate Faculty of the European Collaborative Doctoral Programme in Globalisation and Legal Theory. Her most recent book, Decolonising International Law: Development, Economic Growth and the Politics of Universality (Cambridge University Press, 2011) was awarded the 2012 American Society of International Law Certificate of Merit.