Building a Just World Order

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6.0 X 9.0 X 1.3 inches | 1.5 pounds

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About the Author

Alfred-Maurice de Zayas is a former UN Independent Expert on the Promotion of a democratic and equitable international order (2012-18), former senior lawyer with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Secretary of the UN Human Rights Committee and Chief of the Petitions Department (registrar). Zayas grew up in Chicago, holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D., modern history from University of Gottingen, Fulbright Graduate Fellow in Germany. Retired member of the New York and Florida Bar, author of 9 books and more than 200 scholarly articles. He lives in Geneva.


"Alfred de Zayas is a gifted human rights lawyer who, alongside Jakob Moller, pioneered the development of UN human rights jurisprudence. He was a dynamic Special Rapporteur, as is evidenced by his Principles for a Democratic and Equitable International Order." --BERTRAND RAMCHARAN, Acting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights 2002-2004
"The 25 Zayas Principles of International Order are a modern Magna Carta. If implemented by the international community, they would help ensure peace with social justice in the 21st century. Pursuant to the UN Charter member States bear responsibility for future generations. Hence, they should take concrete measures to achieve this rules-based order in international solidarity." --Maria Fernanda Espinosa, President of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, 2018-19
"Zayas proposes a new functional paradigm of human rights for all. His elaboration on principles and on how to apply international law uniformly is a welcome contribution to a necessary debate on the foundations of a just international order." --Professor Dr. Carlos Correa, University of Buenos Aires, Executive Director of South Centre
"There are many books about human rights and international law, most of them a rehash of what we know. This book goes to the sources of law and justice and proposes pragmatic solutions to many problems, including those of Indigenous Peoples." --SHARON H. VENNE, Notokwew Muskwa Manitokan, Expert in International Law and Indigenous Peoples

"The Spanish Society for International Human Rights Law welcomes this book for its strong advocacy of the human right to peace and solidarity. This lucid, hands-on, independent, pragmatic study is a mode d'emploi for achieving a rules-baded international order under the UN Charter." --Professor CARLOS VILLAN DURAN, President of the Spanish Society for International Human Rights Law
"Zayas' new book is a timely reminder of the fundamental conditions for a just world order where the human being takes precedence over trade and corporate profits. Humanity needs ethical priorities if it is going to survive. --YASH TANDON, author of Trade is War.
"This multifaceted book proposes a new functional paradigm of human rights, which does away with the artificial division of rights into those of the so-called first, second and third generations, and endorses a holistic approach to all human rights, including the rights to development and the right to peace." --PINO ARLACCHI, Member, European Parliament, and former Director General of the UN Vienna Office
" ethical roadmap towards the universal application of the rule of law in the service of human dignity..." Marjolijn Snippe, The Federalist Debate
"This book should appeal to many readers, not only to the "experts". It belongs in every law school and political science department. User-friendly in approach and content, it readily lends itself as a human rights textbook." JOHANNES VAN AGGELEN, Counterpunch
"A brilliant, radical, courageous and indeed seminal book... In the midst of our civilisational crisis, this
book offers a constructive blueprint for
a humanly desirable future and deserves
the widest possible readership.." - Paradigm Explorer