The “Drafting Committee” (DC) is responsible for the wording of the draft Global Bill of Rights. The Committee engages in “drafting through dialogue” by making suggestions for changes and collecting suggestions from others. All suggestions are voted upon by the Committee, and a vote of 2/3 of Committee members is needed for a change to be made.
This process has been ongoing for 12 years and Unite is now on Version 12. Votes are taken in March of each year and a new Version is published in April. Suggestions for changes of wording can easily be made on the Unite home page. If you want to know more about the thinking behind a Global Bill of Rights, and the documents that have led up to this draft, please click on the Version 12 booklet on the home page.
The Committee seeks wide participation from people of all backgrounds and professions. The draft document on the Unite website is a starting point, not a finished document. If you are interested in being on the Drafting Committee, please send an email to Kirk Boyd, the Secretary for the Drafting Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Committee is drafting the most beautiful document possible, and is not concerned whether one ruler or country will accept the document. The standard for all comments is what is best for humanity. All people, nonprofits and for-profits who participate in the process, as well as the Committee and the Advisory Board that supports the Committee, are asked to imagine that after the list of rights is selected, they could emerge at any place, in any country, and as any person, rich or poor, powerful or not, and have those rights.
The Committee meets twice a year, in the months of March and September, to coincide with the meetings of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
The Drafting Committee is initiating a three year process in 2020 as part of the 2020 celebration for the 75th anniversary of the United Nations Charter and the 50th anniversary of the Earth Charter. The process will culminate in 2023 with the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. At that time Version 16 will be presented to the Human Rights Council and the International Law Commission so they can review and modify what they have been given.
The Drafting Committee will then continue to work alongside the Human Rights Council and International Law Commission until a document is sent to the United Nations General Assembly that can be offered to nations for ratification.
Here is a list of “Drafting Committee” members:
Martin is Geneva Director for Unite for Rights and has worked in a variety of non-governmental organizations including Earth Focus Foundation and the Future of Human Rights Forum. Martin organizes and coordinates the meetings and work of the Drafting Committee
Kirk is the CEO and founder of Unite for Rights as well as a civil rights lawyer, lecturer at the University of California and author. He has three law degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, including his doctorate working on a Global Bill of Rights which led to the publication of his book, 2048 Humanity’s Agreement to Live Together. 2048 tells the story of the evolution of a Global Bill of Rights and describes a process for drafting a Global Bill of Rights. Kirk is the Secretary of the Drafting Committee. He is in charge of collecting all of the suggestions for changes to the Draft Global Bill of Rights to the Drafting Committee.
Anna is professor of human rights at the Charles University Law School, International Law Department, Human Rights Research Center, Prague.
Joshua is the Executive Director for Unite for Rights. He is a human rights advocate for many years before the United Nations Human Rights Council and many other United Nations bodies. Joshua brings individuals, nonprofits, for-profits and governments to unite through the Drafting Committee process and presents the ongoing work of the Drafting Committee to government delegations at the United Nations.
Carlos Villan Duran
Carlos Villán is Presidente de la Asociación Española para el Derecho Internacional de los Derechos Humanos.
E.J. works with the United Nations in New York, where he specializes in international human rights, particularly with respect to terrorism.
Jurriaan is the publisher of Kamp Solutions
Fathi Kemicha is a member of the Bars of Paris and Tunisia and the founder of Kemicha Legal Consulting K.L.C in Tunis -Tunisia. He has a diploma in International Relations from the Institute of Political Studies – Paris and a PhD in International Law (with distinction) from the University of Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne. He is also a former member of the United Nations International Law Commission (ILC) and the World Bank Group Sanctions Board.
Missy is a film producer, environmental advocate and lawyer.
Mike is the founder of the Larsen/Pomada Literary Agency.
Franklin Hoet Linares
World Jurist Association, Worldwide President, Arbitrator of the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI).
Bruna is a former Secretary to the United Nations Human Rights Commission, Former Secretary General of the World Federation of United Nations Associations
Gustaf is a former Judge, Supreme Court of Finland, Former Chairman of the Finnish Arbitration Association, Chairman of the Board of Arbitration of the Finnish Chamber of Commerce, since 2002
Manfred is Professor of International Law and Human Rights at Vienna University and Co-Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights in Vienna. He is also a former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, UN expert on enforced disappearances and judge at the Human Rights Chamber for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Manfred is the author of more than 500 publications in the field of human rights, public and international law.
Dave is an attorney who has handled civil rights and environmental law cases for many years.
Alfred de Zayas
Alfred is former counsel for the United Nations Human Rights Committee and a former Special Rapporteur.