Human rights’ norms acquired great significance after the two World Wars, when many decolonised states sought to keep their sovereignty over their natural resources and assets. They became a means set a vision of an ethical global order. International human rights law gradually gained prominence within the context of the law and in national policies and institutional practices. From civil and political rights to economic, social and cultural rights to collective rights, the discourse has seen generational shifts. In this course, we help you understand the linkages between development, human rights and democracy, cultivate the ability to analyse the law and evaluate the ‘human rights approach’ to development policies and practices, and understand the core concerns of all these debates. The course includes discussions, lectures and audio video material.