Sunday, December 8, 2019

Your Guide to Defining and Researching the Human Right to Education

Jootaek Lee, an assistant professor and librarian at Rutgers Law School, has just published a new article that  provides a bibliography, a definitional discussion, and a research guide to the Human Right to Education, available for download here or through the Emory International Law Review.  Lee's earlier research guide on the Human Right to Water is also available through SSRN or through Northeastern Law School.

Why is Lee focusing his scholarship on human rights, and education in particular?  We asked him, and here's his provocative and nuanced response, particularly pertinent given moves to privatize education worldwide:

"I am motivated to write this article because I believed that the promotion of the human right to education is an ultimate solution to many human rights issues and empowers other human rights, especially economic, social and cultural rights.  A clear definition of the human right to education and delineating the boundary and scope of education to be protected will enhance its promotion and protection. Since this traditional human right to education has a long history since 1940s, scholars have defined education in many different ways, and the traditional definition using availability, accessibility, acceptability, and adaptability have been threaten by commercial approaches, self-regulatory market of capitalism and modern liberal theories."

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