Address the following question by submitting an essay of no more than 6,000 words.
The word count is INCLUSIVE of footnotes.
A bibliography is not required provided your footnote citations are complete and accurate;
abbreviated cross-referencing is permitted, provided it too is accurate.
Referencing: AGLC 4.
Development economist Paul Collier has argued that “we know for any society to lift itself out of absolute
poverty it needs to build three critical state institutions: taxation, law and security. The other stuff, such as
health care, education, safety nets and human rights, is indisputably highly desirable, but without these
first three nothing else can be sustained”.
Do you agree? Explain and support your answer using examples and evidence drawn from across the
topics addressed throughout the course.
NB. The central purpose of this essay assignment is to test your understanding of both the breadth and
depth of interactions between human rights law and the global economy, so choose supporting examples
and evidence from this course accordingly. Be sure also to explain your reasoning behind the choices
you make. Balancing depth and breadth in this way, and doing so within a set word limit, are challenges
you need carefully to consider when planning your essay.
Please note further details regarding materials as provided in the Reading Material Guide.