Collected works on a global parliamentary assembly published in one volume

1. December 2011

The case for the creation of a global parliamentary assembly as a means to democratize global governance is the core theme of a new volume of collected works by Richard Falk and Andrew Strauss. In the articles and essays that appeared in journals such as Foreign Affairs and newspapers like

The authors Richard Falk and Andrew Strauss
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The International Herald Tribune between 1997 and 2010 the professors argue that the world needs a popularly elected global body in order to seriously address the democratic deficit of intergovernmental organizations.

In the book’s preface former UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali of Egypt concurs that democracy, to be effective, needs to extend beyond state borders. “How exactly this can be done calls for a great deal of creative thought, but such thought has not been forthcoming. In fact, most commentators on global governance seem hopelessly mired in the existing system. This is why the arrival of this book is a breath of fresh air,” he wrote.

The authors are renowned legal scholars. Richard Falk is professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University and visiting professor in global and international studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Andrew Strauss is the Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development and a professor of international law at Widener University School of Law.

The book is entitled “A Global Parliament: Essays and Articles.” Published by the Committee for a Democratic UN in Berlin with support from the EarthRise Society in Munich, the book is available from major online bookstores such as and Barnes and Nobles.

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