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Buildling a just world order

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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 represents the findings of Dr. Alfred de Zayas, the first mandate-holder (2012-2018).

Zayas proposes concrete reforms of the UN system, notably the Security Council, and advocates recognition of peace as a human right, self-determination as a conflict-prevention measure, slashing military expenditures, reversing the adverse impacts of World Bank and International Monetary Fund policies, rendering free-trade agreements compatible with human rights, abolishing tax havens and ISDS, 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.


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

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

The 25 Zayas Principles of International Order are a modern Magna Carta. ”

MARIA FERNANDA ESPINOSAPresident of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, 2018-19

An almanac of world order and international law, covering some of the most crucial issues of our time…

HANS KOECHLER, Professor emeritus of Philosophy, University of Innsbruck; President, International Progress Organization, Vienna 2018-19

Zayas proposes a new functional paradigm of human rights for all.”

PROFESSOR DR. CARLOS CORREA,  University of Buenos Aires, Executive Director of South Centre

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

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

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



Buy your copy from Clarity Press:

In this collection of essays, former UN Independent Expert on International Order, Professor Alfred de Zayas, takes mainstream disinformation, fake news, censorship and self-censorship head-on. Stressing the importance of access to information and to a genuinely pluralistic spectrum of views as indispensable to every functioning democracy, de Zayas provides an insightful counter-narrative, shedding light on the key issues facing humanity today.


Alfred de Zayas is a precious resource of humanity as displayed in this wonderfully lucid collection of essays on the afflictions of our time. With the wisdom of a seer and the knowledge of a world class jurist de Zayas is an authoritative voice of reason and equity in this precarious period of dangerous warmongering untruths. Don’t weep, read and then act.”
RICHARD FALK, Former UN Special Rapporteur and Prof. Emeritus, Princeton University

The ugliness of official lies and suppression of truth in our times is a serious threat to the possibility of a democratic society. Alfred de Zayas’ book is a vigil for a society where press freedom means more than the freedom to buy the press and to lie without restraint.”

VIJAY PRASHAD, Professor of International Studies, Trinity College, Executive-director of the Tricontinental Institute for Social Research

A must read for anyone wanting to create a socially just world constructed from a holistic vision of  the interdependency and indivisibility of human rights, this book is truly a tour de force.” 

DR. JOSEPH WRONKA, Representative to the UN in New York, International Association of Schools of Social Work 

A book every peace and human rights activist needs. The intrepid de Zayas beats new paths , demonstrates why honest media is essential to democratic governance and illustrates how indispensable academic freedom and courage are to every democracy.” 

FREDRIK S. HEFFERMEHL, Norwegian jurist, former vice-president of the International Peace Bureau (IPB), founding member of the Lay Down Your Arms Association

Alfred de Zayas empowers readers to consume the mainstream media ‘wise as serpents’ (Jesus Christ, Matthew 10:16) and to see through Fake News, Fake Law and Fake Freedom. This immaculately documented book is at the same time informative, philosophical, concise, clever and amusing.” 

PROF. HARRO VON SENGER,  Ph.D., D.J., Swiss jurist

An honest book that appeals to reason in dealing with diplomacy, peace, and war. Erudite and endlessly quotable, even aphoristic, this book champions academic freedom and the right to seek and impart information.”

PROF. DR. ALEXANDRE LAMBERT, Geneva, expert in multilateral organizations and international security


Human Rights Industry

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The promotion and protection of human rights is a pillar of the United Nations, enshrined in the Charter, the international bill of rights,  General Assembly resolutions and declarations, and buttressed by monitoring mechanisms, expert committees and regional human rights courts. After WWII the world demanded respect for collective and individual rights and freedoms, including the right to live in peace, i.e. freedom from fear and want, the right to food, water, health, shelter, belief and expression. Human dignity was understood as an inalienable entitlement of every member of the human family, rights that were juridical, justiciable and enforceable.

Drawing on more than four decades of working in the field of human rights as UN staff member, rapporteur, consultant, member of UN expert panels, professor and NGO president, Alfred de Zayas examines how the tools of implementation of human rights serve to entrench political narratives promoted by the “industry”.



The up-to-date handbook, 630-pages with annexes, index, N.P.Engel, Kehl and Strasbourg, hardcover · ISBN 978-3-88357-144-7 · 2009 email:

The first Chairman of the Human Rights Committee, Andreas Mavrommatis, wrote a fine preface for the handbook.

The book was formally presented at a reception on 15 July 2009 at the Château de Penthes in Geneva, attended by many members of the Human Rights Committee, including the new Chairperson and the former Chairperson Christine Chanet, who spoke on behalf of the Committee.

I was pleased to have had the opportunity to draft the foreword for this important book.  Jakob and Alfred are my friends and I congratulate them on their achievement. What distinguishes this book from others is that it is authentic.  It was written by the two Secretariat members who accompanied our work since day one, two devoted lawyers who with constancy and competence assisted the Committee experts through the creation of rules of procedure and guidelines that enabled us to create solid jurisprudence.  Their outstanding drafting ability, legal acuity and multilingualism  proved invaluable to us.  The continued support of the UN Secretariat is one of the strengths of the Committee.  Of course, the centre of our work has always been the common dignity of all human beings, our commitment to help real persons whose rights have been violated.  The bottom line is enforcement and that is why the function of the Special Rapporteur on Follow-Up is so important.  I remember the successes we attained during our follow-up visit to Jamaica in June 1995…  We are on our way to a World Court on Human Rights!

First review by the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Bertrand Ramcharan, in the UN Special of June 2009, pp. 18-19.

It is staggering how much the Human Rights Committee has influenced the human rights jurisprudence of the world, as is striking from reading this exceedingly important book…. From the outset of its work in 1977 there have been two Secretariat pioneers in developing the case law of the Committee when it considers petitions from individuals claiming violations of their rights: Jakob Möller (Iceland) and Alfred de Zayas (USA). Möller was the first Chief of the Petitions branch of what is today the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and de Zayas was his colleague, who eventually succeeded him as Chief. …Every lawyer, every judge, every public-spirited citizen will want to consult this fascinating book, because it tells us what is legally right and legally wrong, how to judge our governments, our societies, our United Nations and ourselves.”

During the 100th session celebration of the Human Rights Committee on 29 October 2010 in Room XXI at the UN,  Ramcharan highly recommended the book. See

Review in February 2010 issue of the Human Rights Quarterly, Vol. 32, No. 1, pp. 237-240:

This is not yet another book about the Human Rights Committee. This is the most authentic book available, written by insiders who were there from the start — Justice Jakob Th. Möller (Iceland), former Chief of the Communications Branch at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and his successor in this function, Alfred de Zayas (US), who was also Secretary of the Committee. Whereas other excellent books like those of Sarah Joseph and Manfred Nowak give us good commentary on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and its mechanisms, the Möller and de Zayas book is unique in that it gives the reader the feeling of being there. It is thorough, user-friendly, and indispensable for practitioners and students.”

Review in Oxford University’s Refugee Survey Quarterly, July 2010, volume 29, No. 1, pp. 206-207:

This important case law handbook should be present in every United Nations office that directly or indirectly deals with victims of human rights violations, including refugees, internally displaced persons, and migrant workers. Human rights advocates and refugee officers will find it most useful.”

46 thoughts on “My books

  1. Dear Prof. de Zayas, Muy buena! I am Richard Huang from Taipei Delegation. Could you please respond to my email? Thank you. Gracias. Merci. Xiexie. Arigato.

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      1. dear prof de zayas, i wish to ask an opinion on the kashmiri pandit genocide..i have just began to study the Armenian genocide and find a lot of similarities between the two…i wanted to understand a few things and hence wished to write an email..can you pls share your’s…


  2. Dear Mr Zayas,

    I am sorry for disrupting your blog but I was wondering whether a new edition of your co-authored book “United Nations Human Rights Committee Case Law 1977 – 2008 A Handbook” will be released, and if so, when?

    Thank you!


    1. I am willing to update it, but have not persuaded the publisher to do so yet


  3. Dear prof. de Zayas,
    I would like to get in touch with you regarding my IL master’s thesis concerning the ‘legal classification of the post-WWII attrocities committed against ethnic germans and people of german ancestry. I have read all your books about this particular subject and I have a few questions regarding the sources you have used.
    I would appreciate it immensely if you would be willing to help me.
    Thank you,
    Nikki Ancher


    1. Dear Nikki

      as to your masters thesis — please write me at


  4. Dear Alfred,

    I have taken the freedom to re-use an image of yours, in an article embedding your statement against ISDS on the UN Human Rights Council in TPP Debate, a website just launched in Malaysia to allow the public to express their opinion on the TPP:

    If this is not right, please let me know and I’ll remove the image.

    Leonardo Losoviz


    1. Dear Leonardo,

      Thanks for using information from my blog on your website. To answer your kind request, I would recommend adding a short sentence pointing out the image belongs to the UN. Therefore, you should add: “photo credit: UN” in your post.

      Kind regards,


      1. Dear Alfred,

        thanks for your generosity. I have added the credit, as requested.

        Btw, this website will hopefully bring awareness of ISDS to Malaysians, who are on the brink of signing into the TPP. I have seen your statement has been quoted by some organizations to warn about the dangers of ISDS, such as the Third World Network in this article:

        I will continue linking this information together. If TPP were of any concern to you, please do share the TPP Debate website with your colleagues (academicians, intellectuals, etc), they might want to contribute their own research on the matter. Even though the website is focused on Malaysia, this issue is of current concern to all 12 countries and I’m inviting stakeholders from all countries to contribute.

        Hopefully members of parliament in each country will pay attention when a proper reasoning is put forward, and not sign just from political pressure (even though I certainly doubt it, however I don’t lose my hope).

        Best regards,
        Leonardo Losoviz

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  5. Can I please speak to you about the Armenian genocide? Me and some other people have started a special project about this topic. Greetings.


  6. Trying to reach Rodrigo de Zayas, for a book about his distant cousin Pauline de Rothschild.


    1. I too have lost contact with Rodrigo. Try reaching him through his editor Editorial Almuzara


  7. Please be invited to discuss with us on the topic of Peoples without a State:


  8. Dear Prof. Alfred,

    He leído sus relevantes aportes, reflexiones y posturas en relación a los impactos de los Tratados de Comercio sobre los Derechos Humanos. Me gustaria consultarle especificamente en relación a los posibles impactos del TISA sobre el derecho a la educación.

    Cordiales saludos,


  9. Dear Professor De Zayas,

    In 2000 I had a pleasure to meet you at the conference on Ethnic Cleansing in Twentieth-Century Europe, held at Dusquesne University in Pittsburgh NJ, US. Because of the organizers’ foibles we were placed in a single room and had to share the same king-size bed. I hope I did not snore too much. At that conference I presented a paper on the 1944-45 ethnic cleansing of Germans and Silesians in Upper Silesia.

    At present I work as reader of modern central Europe in the School of History at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, UK (see: ;

    I am writing because after half a decade in works, I finished a monograph on the unduly forgotten 1989 expulsion of Bulgarian Turks. I claim that without remembering about this ethnic cleansing it is impossible to explain the dynamics and timing of the fall of communism in Bulgaria, alongside the nature of the subsequent process of systemic transition to democracy and market economy in this country. What is more, on the plane of international relations, I claim that this unprecedented (after 1950 in postwar Europe) event is the explanation why prospective ethnic cleansers in Yugoslavia thought – quite reasonably – that they could proceed with mass expulsions and genocide-scale massacres with impunity. Neither the East nor the West reacted when Communist Bulgaria’s leader, Todor Zhivkov, ordered the expulsion of 360,000 Bulgarian Turks in the summer of 1989. Zhivkov was never indicted let alone punished for this crime against humanity. Other indictments against him on lesser charges had been dropped quietly by 1995.

    I wonder, whether drawing on your decades-long research on ethnic cleansing and expulsions, you could consider writing a preface to my forthcoming monograph.

    In order to let you decide, below I enclose the book’s abstract and table of contents. Should you like it, I could also forward you with the manuscript.

    Yours truly,

    Tomasz Kamusella

    The Forgotten 1989 Ethnic Cleansing of Bulgaria’s Turks

    Tomasz Kamusella

    University of St Andrews


    In the summer of 1989, the Bulgarian communist regime seeking to prop up its rapidly waning legitimacy played the ethnonational card by expelling 360,000 Turks and Muslims across the Iron Curtain to Turkey. It was the single largest ethnic cleansing during the Cold War period in Europe after the wrapping up the postwar ‘transfers’ (that is, expulsions as approved at the Potsdam Conference) of ethnic Germans from Central Europe by the turn of the 1950s. Furthermore, this expulsion of Turks and Muslims from Bulgaria was the sole ethnic cleansing that breached the Iron Curtain. The 1989 ethnic cleansing (ironically known as the ‘Big Excursion’), after the collapse of the Bulgarian communist regime in late 1989, was followed by an unprecedented return of almost half of the expellees to Bulgaria. The return, which partially reversed the effects of this ethnic cleansing, was the first-ever of its kind. Despite the unprecedented character of this 1989 expulsion and the subsequent return, not a single research article, let alone a monograph, has been devoted to these events. This study aspires to start filling in the lacuna through giving an overview of the ethnic cleansing and the return through the lens of the international Anglophone press, but also with the use of Bulgarian, German, Polish, Turkish and Yugoslav (that is, Croatian, Serbian and Slovenian) newspapers. Besides calling for a wide international probe into this ethnic cleansing, I conclude by offering a reflection on how this tragic event shaped today’s Bulgaria, and how the persisting attempts to suppress the remembrance of the 1989 expulsion sharply divide Bulgarian society nowadays. The yet unhealed conflict also brushes off negatively onto the country’s relations with Turkey and the European Union.

    Keywords: 1989, Bulgaria, ‘Big Excursion,’ conflict resolution, ethnic cleansing, expulsion of Turks and Muslims from Bulgaria to Turkey, lieu de mémoire, peace studies, right to homeland, Turkey

    Table of Contents


    On Forgetfulness and Its Perils

    The State of Research on the 1989 Expulsion

    The 1989 Ethnic Cleansing Through the Lens of the International Press

    The Ethnic Cleansing’s Aftermath and the Regime Change
    The Official Coming to Terms with the 1989 Ethnic Cleansing

    Between Language and Millet
    The Question of Responsibility


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    1. Dear tomasz

      I am vacationing in Iceland
      Will revert after 1 August
      Kind regards


  10. Hello Professor De Zayas, Sir

    do you allow to ask about Völkerrecht ?
    Möglichst in deutscher Sprache.

    Thanks a lot


  11. Bonsoir Monsieur de Zayas,

    Vous organisez une soirée de lecture pour Madame Suzan Samanci au début de l’année 2017. Si vous avez besoin d’un coup de main, je suis là.

    Meilleures salutations,

    Bernard Antoine Rouffaer
    Orbis Terrae


    1. Can we have an EN translation please of this article?

      Thank you.


      1. Chers mesdames et messieurs,

        malheureusement, il n’y a pas de traduction en anglais. Ce texte est uniquement disponible en allemand. De mes textes ci-dessous sur le référendum catalan et l’application de l’article 155 de la Constitution espagnole, des traductions en catalan sont en cours de préparation, que je pourrais vous envoyer dès qu’elles seront disponibles. Les deux articles contiennent essentiellement les mêmes arguments que le texte que vous aimeriez avoir.

        Prof. Dr. Axel Schönberger

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      2. Dear Axel,

        Thank you for your contribution but you need to look further than Spain. The biggest hurdle for the right of self-determination is the United Nations system itself. Now, De Zayas cannot say this because most probably he has signed a document which forbids him to do so.

        Most UN experts know very well that this corrupt system is a waste of time serving only the 1%, but they wait until retirement to say so.

        More info on :



      3. Estimados señoras y señores:

        puede ser que sea así. Pero las ideas son poderosas y funcionan a lo largo de los siglos. Los pactos de los Derechos Humanos datan de los años sesenta del siglo XX. Solo en cientos de años finalmente será posible decir si fueron capaces de desarrollar su poder. Depende de todos nosotros defender los derechos humanos y luchar para un mundo mejor y más justo. Si no lo intentamos, lo hemos perdido de todos modos.

        Cataluña tiene derecho a decidir si quiere ser soberana o una región de España. Ya ha tomado esta decisión. La República de Cataluña fue proclamada, y ahora le corresponde a los catalanes hacerla realidad.

        Los siguientes textos aparecieron tambén en catalán:

        Prof. Dr. Axel Schönberger


      4. Gentili signore e signori,

        nel frattempo, un altro articolo è stato pubblicato da me su questo argomento (in catalano):

        Il mio articolo sull’applicazione dell’articolo 155 della Costituzione spagnola sarà presto pubblicata anche in catalano.

        Distinti saluti!

        Prof. Dr. Axel Schönberger


      5. Queridos senhoras e senhores,

        entretanto apareceu, em alemão e em catalão, outro texto meu sobre as violações maciças de Direitos Humanos cometidas pela Espanha na Catalunha:

        Com os meus melhores cumprimentos,

        Prof. Dr. Axel Schönberger


      6. Spain is doing what the UN expects it to do, keep the country together.

        Energy should go to real UN reform to make art 1 of ICCPR finally reality.

        Do not waste time on individual member states. The UN decision making procedures are the elephant in the room.


  12. Estimado Sr. de Zayas,

    en cuanto a las violaciones masivas de los derechos humanos en Cataluña, me gustaría llamar su atención sobre otro artículo sobre la aplicación del artículo 155 de la Constitución española:

    Lamentablemente, los estados europeos están apoyando y tolerando las violaciones de los derechos humanos en Cataluña, violando así una de las bases fundamentales de la Unión Europea y negando el valor universal de los derechos humanos. En Alemania, una gran parte de la prensa no informa objetivamente sobre el conflicto entre el estado español y el pueblo catalán, sino que se hace cargo de la opinión oficial del gobierno español. Un portavoz del gobierno alemán incluso dijo en una conferencia de prensa que las leyes españolas son duras, pero leyes, añadiendo que las reglas en cuestión de la Constitución española con respecto a la unidad de España — ¡de las cuales aparentemente se supone que están por encima de los derechos humanos! — necesariamente deben seguirse siempre.

    Si Europa no se despierta rápidamente, pierde su base moral, su credibilidad internacional y su viabilidad como proyecto político. Los actuales líderes europeos no parecen querer la democracia, sino que prefieren cultivar una demofobia postdemocrática.

    Axel Schönberger


  13. Greetings Alfred,
    Been a while, and think this might be of interest to assist:

    That was the 1st interview that was done, and there have
    been more since on the same youtube channel.

    Pray all is well with you and loved ones,


  14. Estimado señor de Zayas,

    en una entrevista sobre Cataluña con la revista alemana «Der Stern» (, llamé la atención de los lectores alemanes sobre su texto «4 Questions on Catalonia»:–ein-interview-mit-axel-schoenberger-7918952.html

    Parece que ya la leyeron aproximadamente 2.500.000 lectores.

    Axel Schönberger


  15. Estimado señor de Zayas:

    Esta entrevista también ha sido publicada en catalán en la revista «L’Unilateral — Digital de la República Catalana», refiriendose también a su texto «4 Questions on Catalonia»: Catalunya endavant! Axel Schönberger

    Axel Schönberger


  16. Nelson Armitage July 24, 2018 — 12:25 am

    Aloha Mr. Alfred de Zayas,

    Your special contribution to have a better understanding of those lacking hope for Humanity is untouchable. Your devoted time and energy make a World difference, not for one, but for all, I am very humbled to have received from a family member here in the Hawaiian Islands, being introduced to your dedication and respect for Independent Nations, States, and Countries.

    Thank you for providing an outline that supports true “States,” who are under the obstruction of other foreign state and their entities, their disrespect to adhere to the Covenant overlook, where these obligations are ignored (24/7/365), what has remained is the lack of respect for unresolved and outstanding matters for the past 125 years, is the responsibility of U.S.A., and the puppet [state] for the biggest Ponzi scheme in Hawaiian History.

    Again thank you for your written documents that serve and protect the right for humanity as a devotion, is far superior.

    Nelson K. Armitage Sr.


  17. Dear Dr De Zayas
    We are surprised to find your name mentioned as one of the members of the supervisory board of the german AFD parties foundation
    I know of quite a few people interested in better understanding your motivation for accepting this role.
    Greetings from Germany


  18. Dear Mister De Zayas, we need a Photo from you to mak a Telecast: the interview with You and Abby Martin from RT.


  19. Dear Mister De Zayas, we need a Photo from you to mak a Telecast: the interview with You and Abby Martin from RT.
    We take a photo from your interview with Huib J. Lirb. The telecast was on air 10.04.2019 at 19:45 h at


    1. Please send me your email address and I will reply accordingly


  20. Here is my adress.


  21. Greetings Professor; I read ‘Asphyxiating Venezuela…’ with great interest, and wonder if you would be interested in appearing on my public affairs program to discuss this, the US reversal on Cuba rapprochement, Venezuela, Julian Assange extradition, and other matters of the moment?
    Gorilla Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in State and Corporate media. Gorilla Radio airs live Thursdays between 11-12 noon Pacific Time. Airing in Victoria at 101.9FM, and featured on the internet at: and And check out Pacific Free Press on Twitter @Paciffreepress


    1. Please share with me your email address


      1. Thanks for getting back. I can be found at lex at highspeedplus dot com


  22. Dear Mr.De Zayas, sorry to bother you here but I can’t find the e-mail to contact you so I thought I’d try here. I’d really like to interview you on imperialism, Venezuela, Syria, the issue of sanctions, and more depending how much time you can permit me. I host a small independent show called 1+1. If you’d like to do an interview middle of this week or the weekend after the July 4th weekend, it’d be a real honor to speak to you. I hope all is well and look forward to your response and hopefully the honor to get the chance to interview you. best wishes till then and take care! 🙂


  23. Dear Mr.De Zayas,

    I hope this email finds you well.

    This is Qasim Aziz, First Secretary from the Permanent Mission of Pakistan to United Nations, New York.

    We are in the process of organizing a virtual side event on the theme of self-determination.

    Being an authority on the subject, we will be more than happy to have you as one of the panelists.

    Happy to discuss this further.

    I have sent you an email as well.

    Hoping to hear from you on this soon.

    Qasim Aziz
    First Secretary
    Permanent Mission of Pakistan to UN
    New York
    Cell: +1-571-310-0290


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