Lifting the cloak of conceptual confusion: exploring the meaning of the human right to higher education

The right to education, and specifically higher education, is clearly set out in international law. Higher education is, however, in a state of change as a result of pressures from the increased demand for higher education, globalisation and the impact of new technology (Barber et al 2013, 1-2). This article asserts that before significant changes to higher education are made, we should reflect on the content of the human rights obligations contained in the international documentation. It seeks to outline the content and scope of the right to higher education in an effort to assist this consideration.


Jane Kotzmann is an Associate Lecturer, Faculty of Business & Law at Deakin University.

Publish Date: 
November, 2015
Publication title: 
AJHR 21-1
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