Joseph Schechla: Housing Rights and the New Urbanism

Kharita 01: Symposium on Urban Trajectories in Cairo
Saturday, January 17th, 2009

The “new development paradigm,” integrating at once technical and human rights criteria, is not very new. The long development of human rights norms pertaining to adequate housing and corresponding state obligations dates back some 40 years. What urban technicians in both private and public sectors may discover as new in those norms is their relevance to project implementation. The housing rights norms in international law have developed over time through a process of trial and error in the field, as well as through jurisprudence. This presentation unpacks these criteria to show how state compliance with current treaty obligations to respect, protect and fulfil the human right to adequate housing, which include the corresponding regulation of private actors and markets, also coincide with both project success and achievement of the relevant Millennium Development Goal No. 7.

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