Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Development, University of Queensland (Australia)
Resident at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:June – October 2018
Research topic at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:»Human Rights and Global Development: A Critical Inquiry«
In line with my research interests in the politics of global development and inequalities (understood
as a historically constituted global project/ world politics), I have over the past couple of years been
developing a research project on Human Rights (HR) and Global Development. My preliminary
research findings suggest that there are some quite significant tensions in the emerging HR and
Global Development framework. This is most evident with regard to the privileging of rights that
align with global commercial and investment (including free trade) law as justiciable rights.
Increasingly trade law (lex mercatoria) is aligned with development law. The 2030 Sustainable
Development Goals [SDGs] agenda is the most recent high-level international development
framework also adopted as a United Nations Resolution. This particular alignment of HR and
Global Development could potentially result in further conflict as life sustaining needs such as
water, food, shelter (to name a few) are no longer conceived as universal entitlements. Instead,
their realisation is now tethered to the question of »trade law«, which is increasingly the domain of
justiciable rights. For instance, this concerns the protection of new forms of investment law as
property law as provided for under the General Agreement of Trade in Services of the World
Trade Organisation [WTO]. This emerging global framing of HR and Global Development occurs
arguably at a historically unique conjuncture and one that has also been subject to crucial
challenges, ethically, socially and politically (see, for instance, the recent rise of social movement
politics). (Heloise Weber)
Research partner:Heloise Weber follows the invitation of Gunther Hellmann (Professor of Political Science, Goethe University) and the Cluster of Excellence »The Formation of Normative Orders«.
Scholarly profile of Heloise Weber Heloise Weber is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Development at the University of Queensland. She also has served on the International Studies Association (ISA) Governing Council as Chair of Global Development Studies Section.
Furthermore Dr. Heloise Weber is currently working on the Collaborative Research Project: »Namibisch-deutsche Beziehungen und normative Herausforderungen: Beyond the Constrictions of International Development and International Relations?« with Prof. Dr. Gunther Hellmann and Dr. Martin Weber.
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Main areas of research:Global Politics of Development and Inequality; International Studies/Relations; Colonialism and its legacies; Postcolonial Theory and Decolonizing Thought; Social Movements and Politics of Resistance; Politics of Comparative Method(s); Relational Analysis.
- (with R.J.B. Walker, Robbie Shilliam and Gitte Du Plessis) »Collective Discussion Diagnosing the Present«, in: International Political Sociology, 12/1 (2018), p. 88-107. (https://academic.oup.com/ips/article/12/1/88/4897847)
- »Politics of Leaving No One Behind: Contesting the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals«, in: Globalizations, 14/3 (2017), p. 399-414.
- (with Mark T. Berger) Rethinking the Third World- International Development and World Politics, Basingstoke: Palgrave 2014.
- (Ed.) The Politics of Development – A Survey, London: Routledege 2014.
- »A Political Analysis of the Formal Comparative Method: Historicizing the Globalization and Development Debate«, in: Globalizations, 4/4 (2007), p. 559-572.