“We, heads of State and Government, … are committed to making the right to development a reality for everyone and to freeing the entire human race from want.”
UN Millennium Declaration

Right to Development

Development is a Human Right

Professor Nico Schrijver (The Netherlands), is Professor of Public International Law and Academic Director of the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies , Leiden University.

He also serves as a visiting professor of The European Union and Co-operation with Developing Countries at the Université libre de Bruxelles and is honorary professor at the Institute of Law, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing.

He is a Member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. He is also a Member of the Advisory Committee on International Law Affairs, and the Committee on Human Rights of the Netherlands Advisory Council on International Affairs of the Dutch Government.

His teaching and research fields include the law of international organisations, legal aspects of development co-operation and peace and security, natural resources law, international environmental law, human rights, and North-South co-operation.

His numerous publications include The Evolution of Sustainable Development in International Law: Inception, Meaning and Status (2008), Sovereignty over Natural Resources: Balancing Rights and Duties (1997 and 2008), and The Security Council and the Use of Force. Theory and Reality-A Need for Change? (2005).