The Centre for Human Rights hosted the 2nd International Conference on the Right to Development, which took place from the 15 to 17 August 2018. The conference was jointly sponsored by the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, the American Society for International Law and the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute, University of South Africa. The focus of this year’s theme: Insights into Policies and Practices on the Right to Development, provided participants the opportunity to explore the subject from a broad range of angles, including challenges and prospects for making the right to development a reality, the connection between the Sustainable Development Goals and the realisation of the right to development as well as regional and domestic experiences relating to implementing the right to development.
The over 50 conference participants with a cross-disciplinary background came from twelve difference countries, most of them from Africa. The three days engagement with the form of individual presentations and panel discussions was quite robust, critically challenging and informative. Selected contributions from the conference papers will, after peer-review, be published as an edited volume while some will be published as journal articles in a special edition. The conference also provided the opportunity to strengthen collaboration, especially between the funding institutions and also for the participants to build research networks. The next conference will be hosted by the Free State Centre for Human Rights at the main campus of the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein in August 2019.