A democratic and equitable international order is possible. Humanity needs this enforceable rules-based order for sustainable development and the welfare of future generations. While inter-governmental organizations like the International Labour Office and the Food and Agriculture Organization have advanced the vision of a just world order and helped fulfil the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter — promoting peace, development and human rights — the efforts of the international community have fallen short.In 2011, the UN Human Rights Council created the mandate of the Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order.
This book compiles 14 reports, info notes and comments of Dr. Alfred de Zayas, the first mandate-holder (2012-2018). It formulates 25 principles of international order, defines domestic and international democracy, the right of self-determination of peoples, and a human right to peace. He proposes concrete reforms of the UN system, notably the Security Council and the functions of the Secretary General, and advocates reversing the adverse impacts of World Bank and International Monetary Fund policies, slashing military expenditures, rendering free-trade agreements compatible with human rights, abolishing tax havens and investor-state-dispute arbitrations, alleviating the foreign debt crisis, criminalizing war-profiteers and pandemic vultures. Zayas denounces unilateral coercive measures, economic sanctions and financial blockades, because they demonstrably have caused hundreds of thousands of deaths — crimes against humanity under article 7 of the Statute of Rome of the International Criminal Court.
Zayas addresses the right to reliable information, freedom of expression, censorship by governments and private media, proposes a Charter of Rights of Whistleblowers, repudiates the anti-democratic “cancel culture” and demands accountability for crimes against indigenous peoples, ecocide, “extraordinary renditions” and torture in Guantanamo. He formulates pragmatic recommendations to States, international organizations and civil society.
In 2017 before the General Assembly Zayas deplored the implementation gap that renders the UN rapporteurs “an assembly of Cassandras”. A renewed commitment to ethical politics and the spirituality of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is necessary. Garnering applause from delegates and NGO’s, these reports offer timely solutions.
PARADIGM EXPLORER –
“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
JOSEPH VAN AGGELEN –
“…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, illustrating the maxim “si vis pacem cole justitiam” — if you want peace, cultivate social justice.” JOHANNES AGGELEN, Counterpunch
MARJOLIJN SNIPPE –
“…an ethical roadmap towards the universal application of the rule of law in the service of human dignity…Alfred de Zayas meticulously dissects the present system of international relations, and he exposes the malpractices that till now have prevented the realisation of the democratic and equitable international order he envisages. Although the United Nations Charter – which he calls a moral compass – promotes peace, development and human rights, these noble principles have not been reached. One of the causes for this is that the Westphalian sovereign equality principle is overruled by the overwhelming economic power of some countries. He unveils the lobbies and special interests that have gradually hijacked human rights with the weaponization of human rights for geopolitical purposes and the systematic double-standards applied both by governments and non-governmental organizations.” MARJOLIHN SNIPPE, The Federalist Debate
HANS KOECHLER –
“Building a Just World Order is an impressive compendium of Alfred de Zayas’ insights and conclusions as United Nations Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order in the period from 2012 to 2018. One might also characterize the volume as an almanac of world order and international law, covering some of the most crucial issues of our time…. De Zayas has set out the path – by clarifying the norms, devising elements of a comprehensive and consistent order of those norms (in defiance of the double standards of power politics), and relating the normative system to the social, economic and political realities of today’s world. HANS KOECHLER, Professor emeritus of Philosophy, University of Innsbruck, President, International Progress Organization, Vienna
MICHELLE BACHELET –
“I hope that this book will be of great utility in the promotion and protection of human rights.” MICHELLE BACHELET, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
PINO ARLACCHI –
“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
YASH TANDON –
“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
PROFESSOR CARLOS VILLÁN DURAN –
“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-based international order under the UN Charter.” PROFESSOR CARLOS VILLÁN DURAN, President of the Spanish Society for International Human Rights Law
SHARON H. VENNE –
“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
PROFESSOR DR. CARLOS CORREA –
“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.
MARIA FERNANDA ESPINOSA –
“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.
BERTRAND RAMCHARAN –
“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