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Edited by Frank Adamson, Sylvain Aubry, Mireille de Koning and Delphine Dorsi

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Sylvain Aubry, Mireille de Koning and Frank Adamson

This chapter introduces the reader to the process of the development of the Abidjan Principles on the human rights obligations of States to provide public education and to regulate private involvement in education. It details the background on the need fo

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Joanna Härmä

The universality of the right to education, recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and numerous international human rights law treaties, has increasingly come into question with the rise of privatized forms of schooling. Non-state educati

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Marie-France Lange

This chapter first presents a brief overview of the current educational landscape in French-speaking countries, taking into account the social, political and economic contexts. It looks in particular at countries using French as the main medium of instruc

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Linda Oduor-Noah

East African countries have committed to achieving inclusive and equitable quality education for all. Despite this, a substantial number of children remain out of school while those in school are often described as ‘not learning’. Challenges in public edu

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Antoni Verger, Mauro C. Moschetti and Clara Fontdevila

Despite Public-Private Partnerships’ (PPPs) growing popularity within education policy circles, research on their effects yields contradictory results. The understanding of PPP effects is limited by the prevalence of generalist analyses that neglect to ac

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Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona

Since the late 1980s, academics, practitioners, and human rights bodies have adopted several human rights principles to further clarify existing norms and standards. Despite the important standard-setting role of these guiding principles, information abou

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Jacqueline Mowbray

Recent decades have seen a rapid increase in the involvement of private actors in education. Against this background, this chapter asks whether there is a human right to public education. It begins by asking what constitutes public education for the purpo

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Roman Zinigrad

The long-overdue and growing awareness in international law of the right to education calls for a fresh look to its most intimate commensurate – the right of parents to influence the pre-tertiary education of their children. As children are not generally

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Realizing the Abidjan Principles on the Right to Education

Human Rights, Public Education, and the Role of Private Actors in Education

Edited by Frank Adamson, Sylvain Aubry, Mireille de Koning and Delphine Dorsi

This insightful book analyses the process of the first adoption of guiding human rights principles for education, the Abidjan Principles. It explains the development of the Abidjan Principles, including their articulation of the right to education, the state obligation to provide quality public education, and the role of private actors in education.