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About Richard Falk

Richard Falk is Albert G. Milbank Professor of International Law, Emeritus, at Princeton University where he taught for 40 years. Since 2002 Falk has been affiliated with the Orfalea Center at the Santa Barbara campus of the University of California. Between 2008 and 2014 He served as UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Occupied Palestine. His most recent books are Revisiting the Vietnam War (2018), Palestine: The Legitimacy of Hope (2017), Power Shift: On the New Global Order (2016). For the past twelve years he has been annually nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Global Inequality and Human Rights: An Odd Couple

Abstract: In the current phase of global and national economic development, income inequality has become a widespread concern. This article focuses on what it calls “toxic inequality” in the United States that is attributed to several elements including the underlying individualism associated with capitalism and the tendency of neoliberal globalization to exert pressures that minimize social protection of vulnerable parts of the population. International law has not been effective in protecting societies against the disruptive effects of inequality, including its de-democratizing effects brought about by Continue reading → Continue reading →