Legal Principles of a New World Governance
The Democratic Legitimacy of Public-Private Rule Making: What Can We Learn from the World Comission of Dams?
The Extraterritorial Scope of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR)
Another System of International Relations
Hearing on Neo-liberal Politics and European Transnational Corporations in Latin America and the Caribbean
The Great Together
The Emergence of Global Administrative Law
Universal Declaration of Emerging Human Rights
Global Governance and the Achievement of a Universal Civil Society
Map of the WGI
The Post-modern State
Global Democracy: Civil Society Visions and Strategies (G05) Conference Report
"Negative Growth": Rebirth of a Revolutionary Concept
Towards a World Citizens Movement
Non-state Actors and World Governance
Beyond 2015: Media as Democracy and Development
What South Africa Does the World Need?
WGI: World Governance Index (2009 Report)
Videos of the Governance and Ressentiment Seminar
World Governance Index (WGI)
Barack Obama - Yes we can
China: Sustainable Development Strategy Report 2009
What Amazonia Does the World Need?
What Brazil and What Amazonia Does the World Need?
Retrieving and Valuing Other Ethical Pillars: The Concept of Buen Vivir*
The Cosmopolitan State
Rediscovering Nelson Mandela for the Twenty-first Century
Decent Work as a Goal for the Global Economy
Can We Close the Education Gap?
Net Neutrality as Global Principle for Internet Governance
The setting up of the United Nations Human Rights Council with a responsibility for promoting universal human rights at this crucial moment in human history must be appreciated as long as it will manage to facilitate dialog and in the process breaking the strong bonds of Western hegemonic monologue and cultural imperialism.
The current universalism is not a product of democracy and consensus, but was largely created through conquest and violence. The main crisis in the current human rights regime is that it has taken the form of Euro-American neoliberalism masquerading as universalism, imposing its core values across the world as global values, and inevitably provoking contestation and resistance. Universalism should take the form of an achievement of progressive human efforts rather than a product of conquest and domination.
As the human globe reconstitute itself into a ‘global village,’ the emphasis on individual rights is no longer adequate and sufficient as the basis of peaceful human coexistence for this extended global family. The image of the human globe as a ‘village’ raises the question of the importance of communal rights if this village is to be habitable. It also raises the issue of values to underpin life in this village.
This village should be governed by the spirit of Ubuntu which emphasizes interdependence of human beings. Under Ubuntu there is space for the subaltern to survive. Ubuntu emphasizes the importance of empathy, sharing and cooperation.