Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Markus Kaltenborn, Markus Krajewski, Heike Kuhn
    Pages 1-9 Open Access
  3. Josephine A. Odera, Judy Mulusa
    Pages 95-118 Open Access
  4. Christoph Scherrer
    Pages 119-135 Open Access
  5. Alan Boyle
    Pages 171-189 Open Access

About these proceedings


This open access book analyses the interplay of sustainable development and human rights from different perspectives including fight against poverty, health, gender equality, working conditions, climate change and the role of private actors. Each aspect is addressed from a more human rights-focused angle and a development-policy angle. This allows comparisons between the different approaches but also seeks to close gaps which would remain if only one perspective would be at the center of the discussions.

Specifically, the book shows the strong connections between human rights and the objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations in 2015. Already the preamble of this document explicitly states that “the 17 Sustainable Development Goals ... seek to realise the human rights of all”. Moreover, several goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda correspond to already existing individual human rights obligations. The contributions of this volume therefore also address how the implementation of human rights and SDGs can reinforce each other, but also point to critical shortcomings of the different approaches.


Sustainable development goals Human rights Extreme poverty Gender equality Global health Decent work Climate change Open Access SDG 16

Editors and affiliations

  • Markus Kaltenborn
    • 1
  • Markus Krajewski
    • 2
  • Heike Kuhn
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of LawRuhr University BochumBochumGermany
  2. 2.Faculty of LawUniversity of Erlangen-NurembergErlangenGermany
  3. 3.Division Human Rights, Gender Equality, Inclusion of Persons with DisabilitiesFederal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and DevelopmentBonnGermany

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