“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 Stephen P. Marks (USA), is the François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he directs the Program on Human Rights in Development. He also teaches human rights in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard College and is affiliated with the University Committee on Human Rights Studies, the Center for International Development, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He holds academic degrees from the Universities of Stanford, Paris, Strasbourg, Besançon, Nice and Damascus. His principal fields are international law, human rights, public health, international politics, international organizations, development, peace and conflict.

He has held teaching positions at the Universities of Columbia, Princeton, Phnom Penh, Cardozo School of Law, Rutgers University School of Law, City University of Hong Kong School of Law, University of Hong Kong Law School, and the New School for Social Research.

He spent 12 years in the service of the United Nations, working for UNESCO in Paris and in various peacekeeping operations. Among his recent publications are “The Human Right to Development: Between Rhetoric and Reality”, Harvard Human Rights Journal, Vol. 17 (Spring 2004); “The Right to Development in Context”, in The Right to Development: A Primer, Sage Publications, New Delhi, (2004); Development as a Human Right: Legal, Political and Economic Dimensions, (co-edited with Bård Anders Andreassen) distributed by Harvard University Press, 2006, 2nd edition in preparation; Human Rights Cities: Civic Engagement for Societal Development (co-authored with Kathleen Modrowski), UN HABITAT and PDHRE, Sextant Publishing, 2008; Implementing the Right to Development: The Role of International Law, Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung and Program on Human Rights in Development of the Harvard School of Public Health, 2008, Geneva, Switzerland; “Access to Essential Medicines as a component of the right to health”, in Andrew Clapham and Mary Robinson (eds.), Realizing the Right to Health,: Rüfer & Rub, the Swiss Human Rights Book Series, Zurich, Switzerland, 2009; “Health, Development, and Human Rights”, in Anna Gatti and Andrea Boggio (eds.), Health and Development: Toward a Matrix Approach, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.