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The Right to Development within the International Economic Legal Order

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Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann has always analysed and explained international economic relations not only from a narrow perspective of specific rules of a specific treaty, but in a broader sense as part of a global system of law and society. This chapter focuses on overall systemic aspects in relation to international economic law. It first describes the terms "international economic law" and "international economic system" in relation to their relevance for the right to development debate. The chapter provides a brief historical review of the right to development and an overview of its content and its conceptual position within the international legal order. Finally it addresses the legal status of the right to development and its overall relevance for international economic law. The criticism of the interpretation of the right to development as a right that is superior to civil rights and liberties of the individual is justified.

Keywords: civil rights; international economic law; international economic system; international legal order; right to development



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