Jo Leinen has been a member of the European Parliament since 1999. He was chair of the parliament's environmental committee and of its committee on constitutional affairs. From 2011 to 2017 he was president of the European Movement, an international umbrella organization that is advocating for a democratic and enlarged European Union. From 1997 to 2005 he was presiding the Union of European Federalists that is dedicated to the promotion of European political unity. From 1985 to 1994 he was minister of the environment in the German state of Saarland. He graduated in law and was born in Bisten, Germany, in 1948. Andreas Bummel is co-founder and director of Democracy Without Borders and of the international Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly that was launched in 2007. He has dedicated his career to the promotion of global democracy and world federalism. Since 1998 he has been a Council member of the World Federalist Movement, an international NGO that promotes the rule of law, world peace, federalism and democracy. He was trained in business administration, studied law and worked at a management consultancy firm. He was born in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1976.
'This outstanding and comprehensive study by Jo Leinen and Andreas Bummel is the new standard work on the history, relevance and practical implementation of the idea of a world parliament, one that has been lacking for a long time. This book is a milestone in the debate on the democratisation of global governance.' --Frank Biermann, Research Professor of Global Sustainability Governance at the University of Utrecht and Chair of the Earth System Governance Project'An important and excellent book. The efforts for a world parliament enjoy my full support.' --Jean Ziegler, former Professor at the University of Geneva and the Sorbonne, Paris'An illuminating contribution to the evolving literature on global politics, A World Parliament offers a challenging new vision on global governance for future leaders and diplomats to follow.' --Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament and former diplomat, currently serving as Chairman of the Committee on External Affairs of the Lok Sabha, India'The vision of a cosmopolitan world order as outlined in this recommendable book is vital for a world in which all people are closely connected and in which funda-mental decisions are made for future generations.' --Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, former Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany'A bold, articulate, competent and courageous view on the evolution of world poli-tics and, more importantly, what is needed to achieve humane governance.' --Daniele Archibugi, Italian National Research Council, Rome, and Birkbeck College, University of London'In a time of dangerous and regressive political forces, Jo Leinen and Andreas Bummel have given us an outstanding atlas of hope - and a roadmap for the survival of humanity and democracy.' --William R. Pace, Executive Director, World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy and Convenor, Coalition for the International Criminal Court'A scholarly tour de force bringing together an extraordinary and multidisciplinary range of perspectives - from antiquity to the present day - on the need for, evolution of, and prospects for a democratic world order. This persuasively reasoned work provides a welcome antidote to the toxic, anti-globalist movements that have re-cently increased their following in Europe and the United States.' --Joseph E. Schwartzberg, Distinguished International Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota, and Director Emeritus, The Workable World Trust'Jo Leinen and Andreas Bummel have provided us with a seminal contribution to the discussion on a world parliament and world governance. Grounded in the past, their comprehensive and bold work points to a future where the forces of human solidarity can prevail.' --Andrew Strauss, Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Dayton School of Law