Richard Falk

Richard Falk is Albert G. Milbank Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University and Fellow of the Orfalea Center of Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His most recent book (Re)Imagining Humane Global Governance (2014) proposes a value-oriented assessment of world order and future trends. In 2001 he served on a three-person Human Rights Inquiry Commission for the Palestine Territories that was appointed by the United Nations, and previously, a member of the Independent International Commission on Kosovo. Between 2008 and 2014 Falk served as UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Occupied Palestine. He is the author or coauthor of many books, including Religion and Humane Global Governance (2001); Human Rights Horizons (2000); On Humane Governance: Toward a New Global Politics (1995); Explorations at the Edge of Time (1993) Revolutionaries and Functionaries (1988); The Promise of World Order (1988); Indefensible Weapons (1983); Human Rights and State Sovereignty (1981); A Study of Future Worlds (1975); This Endangered Planet (1973); and coeditor of Crimes of War (2006). He directs at UCSB a project on Climate Change, Human Security, and Democracy. Falk also acted as counsel to Ethiopia and Liberia in the Southwest Africa Cases before the International Court of Justice.

Does the Human Species Wish to Survive?


The title question is deliberately provocative, yet relevant to reflections on the future of humanity. The question is framed to […]

International Law in a Unipolar World


Should the US seek a permission slip before it wages war?

Vice President Dick Cheney received thunderous applause when he declared to the Republican National Convention “George W. Bush will never seek a permission slip to defend the American people.” This bold assertion echoed the language used by President Bush in his 2004 State of the Union Address to underscore an ethos of non-accountability