“It continues to be controversial,” says Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development Andrew L. Strauss
about the idea of a global parliament, which has long been of interest to him.
Professor Strauss began working with Princeton University Professor Emeritus Richard A. Falk to write on the subject of a global parliament in the late 1990s, and recently, the Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly published
a collected volume of the articles and essays they wrote on the subject between 1997 and 2010 titled “A Global Parliament: Essays and Articles.”
Former United Nations Secretary General Boutrous Boutrous-Ghali wrote the forward for the book, which lays out the case for the creation of a global parliamentary assembly.
“There has to be some sort of institutionalization,” Strauss says of global governance, noting that the forces of globalization and democratization have profoundly altered international relations.
In the accompanying video, Strauss discusses his thoughts on the history of the movement, including how things changed after September 11, 2001, and why a representative, democratic approach to global governance remains important today.