Law and Development

Balancing Principles and Values

  • Piotr Szwedo
  • Richard Peltz-Steele
  • Dai Tamada

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Christine Mengès-Le Pape
    Pages 19-30
  3. Franck Duhautoy
    Pages 115-130
  4. Adam Szafrański, Piotr Szwedo, Małgorzata Klein
    Pages 159-178

About this book


This book examines the concept of ‘development’ from alternative perspectives and analyzes how different approaches influence law. ‘Sustainable development’ focuses on balancing economic progress, environmental protection, individual rights, and collective interests. It requires a holistic approach to human beings in their individual and social dimensions, which can be seen as a reference to ‘integral human development’ – a concept found in ethics. ‘Development’ can be considered as a value or a goal. But it also has a normative dimension influencing lawmaking and legal application; it is a rule of interpretation, which harmonizes the application of conflicting norms, and which is often based on the ethical and anthropological assumptions of the decision maker. This research examines how different approaches to ‘development’ and their impact on law can coexist in pluralistic and multicultural societies, and how to evaluate their legitimacy, analyzing the problem from an overarching theoretical perspective. It also discusses case studies stemming from different branches of law.


Law & Development Sustainable Development Integral Human Development Development & Environmental Protection Development & Human Rights Law and Ethical Values Developing Countries

Editors and affiliations

  1. 1.Law and AdministrationJagiellonian UniversityKrakówPoland
  2. 2.School of LawUniversity of Massachusetts DartmouthDartmouthUSA
  3. 3.Graduate School of LawKobe UniversityKobeJapan

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