Center for UN
Constitutional Research



Dr. S.M. Sharei

President and Executive Director

Dr. Bob Hanson

Treasurer & Member of the Board

Dr. Roger Kotila

Member of the Board

Daniel Schaubacher

Member of the Board

Marjolijn Snippe

Member of the Board

Dr. John O. Sutter

Member of the Board

Professor Joseph E. Schwartzberg

Francisco Plancarte

Andreas Bummel

Dr. S.M. Sharei

President and Executive Director

Dr. Shahr-Yar Mahmoud Sharei, whose specialization is public international law and the UN Charter, is the founding Executive Director of the Center for United Nations Constitutional Research (CUNCR). In addition to his PhD and LLM, in international law, he holds a MS degree in Computer Science, and a BS in Applied Economics and Management.

Under the direction of Dr. Sharei, CUNCR has embarked on research and seminar programs focusing on Global Governance Laboratory. Research and seminars programs have commenced on “Climate Justice Governance” series, UN and Security Council reform, by upholding the “San Francisco Promise” and the rediscovery of the legality and potentials of Article 109(3) UN Charter review conference. Further, CUNCR has initiated “How to Assemble Parliamentary Assemblies” series on institutional capacity building and cooperation amongst regional parliamentary assemblies (IPIs), towards expanded competency and people’s participation in regional and global governance.

For over 30 years, Sharei has been an activist and has focused on civil society and NGO activities in the areas of nuclear disarmament, UN reform, the International Criminal Court (ICC), and democratic global governance.

Including being former member of the governing council of the World Federalist Movement (WFM)/Institute for Global Policy (IGP), with WFM/IGP also being convenor for the International Coalition for the ICC.

As well as contributing to global governance publications, Dr. Sharei has presented in several conferences and forums, mainly on nuclear disarmament and on the democratization and transformation of the United Nations by legal means of Charter review conference. On those topics he has presented to the recent Paris Peace Forum, as well as at the Argentine Federal Senate, to the Latin American Parliament (PARLATINO), the UN-DPI NGO Conference in Mexico, the Inter-Security Forum in Cyprus, and the International Conference of Chief Justices in India.

Dr. Sharei is currently preparing for publication his legal research on the UN Charter review process and its potential for letting “we the peoples” govern the world. His book, Reconstructing Article 109(3) of the UN Charter, as the Constitutionalization of the United Nations and International Law, is due to be published in 2019.

Dr. Bob Hanson

Treasurer & Member of the Board

Dr. Robert Hanson has his doctorate from Indiana University and taught at San Diego State University for 23 years.  He is currently treasurer of the Democratic World Federalists of San Francisco and a board member of the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center of Walnut Creek, CA.   In 2009 he received the “Local Peace Hero” award from the center.

 He is the co-author of three books on youth camping and taught camp administration at SDSU. Currently he is living at Rossmoor, a retirement communittee, where he writes regular columns for the Rossmoor News under the banner of the Progressive View and is editor of a column called “Earth Matters”.

Dr. Roger Kotila

Member of the Board

Roger Kotila, Ph.D. is a psychologist and peace activist.  The President of Democratic World Federalists based in San Francisco, he is also a U.S. Vice President for the World Constitution and Parliament Association and a Senior Fellow with the Institute On World Problems.  Dr. Kotila is the editor for DWF NEWS and Earth Federation News & Views, with a priority to introduce WCPA's Constitution for the Federation of Earth (aka "Earth Constitution") as a resource and model constitution available for UN Charter review.

Dr. Kotila received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Washington State University with an internship at Palo Alto Veterans Administration Hospital in conjunction with Stanford University Psychiatry & Psychology Departments. He has a wide range of clinical experience and interests including extensive work with sociopath's (i.e., the Antisocial Personality Disorder). 

Daniel Schaubacher

Member of the Board

Daniel Schaubacher is a management consultant who presently serves as representative to the European institutions of EBBF - a business ethics professional network specializing in CSR and values-driven leadership in 60 countries. His career has encompassed marketing, economic analysis and trade promotion positions at Nestlé, Lémania/Omega Watch now Swatch group, Bobst Machinery, and the US Department of Commerce. A native of Switzerland, he served as President of People to People Belgium ASBL (international recipient of PTP Outstanding Leadership Award), and a member of the Brussels-EU chapter of the Club of Rome and as board member of the Europe of Cultures Forum

In December 2007, he was awarded a “De Pluim” prize by the King Baudouin Foundation for “continued contributions to peace and business ethics”. He is a past president and honorary member of the Swiss World Federalist Association, and a member of the UN Association of Flanders, Belgium and Belgium’s UN Association. In Switzerland, he served on the executive committee of the Swiss UN Association at the time of the campaign for Switzerland’s full membership in the UN.

Marjolijn Snippe

Member of the Board

Marjolijn Snippe holds a master’s degree in international law from the University of Amsterdam. She is a founding member of the Centre for United Nations Constitutional Research (CUNCR). Marjolijn Snippe, for several years was Erskine Childers research-assistant (reform and renewing the United Nations), and co-editor of “Erskine Barton Childers – For a democratic United Nations and the Rule of Law”, published by the Dag Hammarskjold Foundation in 2011. She is also a board member of the World Federalist Movement in the Netherlands (WFBN), and co-editor of the WFBN-quarterly “Eén Wereld” (One World).

Dr. John O. Sutter

Member of the Board

John O. Sutter has been an international activist all his adult life, starting as a combat soldier in WorldWar II.  In the Forties he worked in Military Government, joined a student tour of Western Europe, and earned his B.S. (Foreign Service) and M.A. (History & Economics) at Washington U.  For the next four decades he was an Asianist, starting as Vice Consul in Shanghai and serving 6 tours of duty in Indonesia and earning a Ph.D. at Cornell U.  He worked 8 years in Malay(si)a; one in Pakistan; and served, inter alia, as Director of Program Management/Grant Administrator at The Asia Foundation’s San Francisco Office.

Living in Europe and Asia, Sutter felt a need for finding a way to a well-governed world.  

He joined the World Federalists' Northern California branch in 1986, and served as editor, treasurer, vice president and then President.  On the Board of Directors of the national World Federalist Association in 1993 he helped organize the San Francisco hearing of the U.S. Commission on Improving the Effectiveness of the United Nations.  As a Councillor of the international World Federalist Movement, in 1995 he organized its World Congress in San Francisco, including a symposium on “Restructuring the U.N.: Achieving Democratic Global Governance for the 21st Century.”  In 2004 he incorporated and founded Democratic World Federalists, stepping down as President in 2012.

Professor Joseph E. Schwartzberg

Joseph (Joe) E. Schwartzberg has been a life-long peace and justice activist. He has served in numerous leadership capacities at the international, national and local levels in organizations associated with the World Federalist Movement, and currently serves on its international Council. In 1995 he was one of the founders of the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers, and in 2014 established the Workable World Trust, of which he is Director Emeritus. He has written three books and numerous articles on matters relating to global governance. His book, Transforming the United Nations System: Designs for a Workable World, was published by the United Nations University Press in 2013,

and has been warmly endorsed by former UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali and many other prominent global thinkers. Along with his colleague Nancy Dunlavy, he has just completed a Study and Discussion Guide to accompany that book. Translations of both the book and the Guide will be published in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. Joe taught geography (with an emphasis on political geography) and South Asian studies at the University of Pennsylvania, 1960-64, at the University of Minnesota, 1964-2000, and at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 1979- 80, and has published extensively on South Asia. 

Francisco Plancarte

Francisco Plancarte, a graduate of Mexican and USA law schools, with specialty in domestic and comparative laws, has been a practicing lawyer in the state of Jalisco in Mexico for nearly 40 years.

In addition, Mr. Plancarte, since 2001, when he founded the non-profit, Planetafila AC (accredited by the UN DPI), has been active in civil society and NGO activities advocating United Nations reform and promoting Charter review and establishment of a global parliament (PARMUN). His current civil society efforts, with collaboration with several other Mexican NGOs, is focused on amending Article 39 of the constitution of Mexico to adhere to a federation of nations based on parliamentary representation of global citizens.


Egresado de la facultad de Derecho de la UNAM y Maestro en Derecho Comparado, becado por la New

York University (NYU 1969-1970)

▪ Abogado fiscalista y corporativo para la creación de diversos grupos empresariales como:

Grupo Zapata, Organización Autrey, Grupo Herdez; Grupo Corvi

▪ Asesor de la Asociación Mexicana de Distribuidores de Automotores (AMDA)

▪ Consejero Nacional de COPARMEX (1982-1994)

▪ Presidente del Capítulo Jalisco de la barra mexicana, Colegio de Abogados del 2002 a 2004

▪ Actualmente miembro de:

La Barra Mexicana, Colegio de Abogados desde 1971

AMEXE Asociación Mexicana de Expresidentes Empresariales A.C.

Interamerican Bar Association con sede en Washington D.C. desde 1970

▪ Miembro de Union Internationale des Avocats con sede en París (1980 - 1985)

▪ En alguna ocasión miembro de:

Barra Internacional de Abogados con sede en Londres

American Bar Association con sede en Chicago

▪ Consejero de diversas asociaciones y cámaras empresariales como:

Presidente del Consejero Directivo del Capitulo Pacifico de la US-México Chamber Commerce de

2012 a 2014

▪ Activista en el ámbito internacional:

Participó en diversos congresos y eventos del Programa DPI/NGOS de la ONU en México y

Nueva York

Ha participado en eventos de ongs en Ginebra, Bruselas, Paris, Nicaragua, Japón, Norte de

África, Libia y Marruecos

En 2012 en Filipinas fue nominado para un premio por la Paz mundial por la Gusi Fundation

▪ Conferencista sobre la revisión de la carta de San Francisco de la ONU, con el fin de crear conciencia de

la necesidad de transformar la Asamblea General de la ONU hacia un Parlamento Mundial, con

fundamento en al artículo 109 de dicha Carta.

▪ Promotor junto con estudiantes universitarios y otras ONGs de varios modelos del Parlamento Mundial

Ciudadano en el Congreso de la Unión al igual que la reforma al artículo 39 de la Constitución Mexicana

hacia la adhesión a México a una federación de Naciones con sistema parlamentario.

▪ Fundador de Planetafilia A.C. en el año 2001 y la resolución PARMUN, donde se propone la creación de

un parlamento mundial ciudadano, organismo que se entregó a un grupo de jóvenes universitarios.

▪ Presidente de diversos clubes rotarios, y a nivel internacional promotor ante el Consejo de Legislación

de Rotary Internacional la Declaración Rotaria por la Paz Mundial, que fue aprobada por dicho Consejo

de R.I. en el año 2010

▪ Socio actual del despacho Guzmán y Plancarte con el apoyo de servicios notariales de la Notaria 49

▪ Director General del Centro Mexicano de Responsabilidad Global CEMERG, A.C.

Actividades ciudadanas

▪ Representante del PAN ante el Consejo electoral del Estado de Jalisco, durante los años 1997-2000

▪ Comisionado Federal del Partido Acción Nacional de la elección presidencial de 1987 y 1988

▪ En el año 2005 renunció voluntariamente al Partido Acción Nacional para continuar dirigiendo la ONG

internacional: Planetafilia, A.C. acreditada ante el Programa DPI/NGOS de la ONU, así como la

implementación de la Resolución PARMUN hacia un Parlamento Mundial Ciudadano en cuatro etapas


Andreas Bummel

Andreas Bummel, born in Cape Town, South Africa, is co-founder and director of Democracy Without Borders and of the Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly which is supported by 1,500 current and former members of parliament. Among other things, Andreas organized the campaign’s five international meetings on a UN Parliamentary Assembly thus far. The most recent one was hosted in the European Parliament in Brussels in 2013. 

In recognition of his work for a world parliament, he was elected as a fellow by the World Academy of Art and Science and was awarded the Society for Threatened Peoples‘ honorary membership. In 2017, Andreas published a major German book on a world parliament and world federalism (with Jo Leinen, Member of European Parliament). The English edition is forthcoming.