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
Swords into Plowshares
Map of the WGI
A Bit Rich: Calculating the Real Value to Society of Different Professions
Theories of Global Governance
Choosing between Two Evils or Rethinking Armed Interventionism
Proposal Papers for the Rio+20 Peoples Summit
Governance for Sustainability
The State of the Right to Education Worldwide: Free or Fee
Atlanta Declaration and Plan of Action For The Advancement Of The Right Of Access To Information
Videos of the Governance and Ressentiment Seminar
Towards a world citizens movement
Barack Obama - Yes we can
China Sustainable Development Strategy Report 2011. Greening the Economic Transformation
Rethinking and Changing World Governance
Political and Institutional Governance
Retrieving and Valuing Other Ethical Pillars: The Concept of Buen Vivir*
The World Governance Index (WGI)
Do Space and Action Have to Be Contradictory? Toward an Inclusive WSF Strategy
Earth System Governance - The Challenge for Social Science
Decent Work as a Goal for the Global Economy
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 dialogue 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 neo-liberalism masquerading as universalism, imposing its core values across the world as global values, and inevitably provoking contestations 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 co-existence 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 emphasises interdependence of human beings. Under ubuntu there is space for the subaltern to survive. Ubuntu emphasises the importance of empathy, sharing and cooperation.