Human Rights, Development, and Capabilities Intro

This thematic group looks at poverty, human development and capabilities from a human rights-based perspective.  Participants are working on theory and practice in areas such as rights-based approaches to poverty reduction, the right to development, economic and social rights, the right to participation and the rights to equality and nondiscrimination in relation to poverty.  This group invites people from a variety of disciplines – social scientists, lawyers, public administrators, policy makers, educators and health professionals, among others – to join us in considering how we can learn from each other and work together to be more effective in realizing human rights and eliminating poverty.


Leonardo Castilho
Human rights practitioner

Stephen Marks
Harvard University, United States

Florinda Monacò
Lawyer and Independent Researcher

Florinda Monacò is a Lawyer at the Bar Association of Naples – Italy and Independent Researcher. Her main interests are: Criminal Law, in particular in the perspective of European Union and International Law, Human Rights Law and in last years Immigration Law. Website:

Shanelle van der Berg
Department of Public Law, Faculty of Law, Stellenbosch  University
Dr Shanelle van der Berg holds a Mellon Early Research Career Fellowship and is a member of the Socio-economic Rights and Administrative Justice Research Project at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, where she co-lectures constitutional law. She has published widely on the themes of capabilities and human rights in peer-reviewed journals and the popular media and presented on these topics at various national and international conferences.



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