Richard A. Falk is an American professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University. He has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, a Guggenheim Fellow, the Olaf Palme Visiting Professor in Stockholm and Visiting Distinguished Professor at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies, University of Malta, J.S.D. Harvard University. He is the author or co-author of 20 books and the editor or co-editor of another 20 books, and an appointee to two United Nations positions on the Palestinian territories.
He is a member of the Editorial Boards of The Nation and The Progressive, and Chair of the Board of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. He is on the advisory board of Faculty for Israeli-Palestinian Peace-USA (FFIPP-USA), a group that describes itself as “working for an end of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and just peace” and reports on issues like Israeli academics who support boycott of a university located in a West Bank Israeli settlement.
He is a former advisory board member of the World Federalist Institute and the American Movement for World Government, as well as a former fellow at the Transnational Institute. During 1999–2000, Falk worked on the Independent International Commission on Kosovo, an initiative of the Prime Minister of Sweden Göran Persson. For several years Falk served on the board of Human Rights Watch Santa Barbara.
He is the author of Law, War, and Morality in the Contemporary World; The Role of Domestic Courts in the International Legal Order; Legal Order in a Violent World; The Status of Law in International Society; This Endangered Planet; A Study of Future Worlds; Human Rights and State Sovereignty;The End of World Order; Reviving the World Court; The Promise of World Order; Revolutionaries and Functionaries; Revitalizing International Law; Explorations at the Edge of Time; On Humane Governance: Toward a New Global Politics; and Law in an Emerging Global Village: A Post-Westphalian Perspective, and editor or co-editor of more than twenty books.