Oct 12, 2014
Attorney David Gallup specializes in promoting, implementing and educating about human rights, world citizenship and world law.
Mr. Gallup is President of the World Service Authority®, Washington, DC, a global public service human rights organization founded in 1954. In addition to his role as President, he has served as General Counsel since 1992 and previously served as Vice-President since 1994.
Prior to working at the WSA, Mr. Gallup was a Legal Research Consultant conducting research on construction contracts and mechanics’ liens and a Dean’s Fellow at the Washington College of Law’s International Human Rights Law Clinic, Washington, DC, where he researched asylum and international human rights issues, developed and maintained a human rights document library, coordinated a human rights education workshop and represented asylum applicants.
His professional memberships include the Maryland, American, World Jurist, and World-Space Bar Associations. For fifteen years, he was the Secretary of the United Nations Association Task Forces on UN Restructuring and on Cultures of Peace. He maintains active involvement in his local community having served as Vice-President on the Board of a local day care organization, raising funds for tuition assistance, as a local Alumni interviewer for the admissions department of Washington University, and as President and Treasurer on the Board of a local neighborhood association.
Mr. Gallup’s publications include a feature article in the periodical Current World Leaders: International Issues and Letters to the Editor in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Times on the topics of nationalism and terrorism. He wrote several chapters in a United Nations Association Report entitled, “Restructuring the UN to Meet 21st Century Global Needs.” Since 1992, he has been the legal columnist for World Citizen News.
Mr. Gallup has spoken most recently on the topics of “Garry Davis: His Life and Legacy” at the Burlington City Arts Center, on January 5, 2014, “World Citizenship, Religion, and the Nation-State” at Manhattanville College on June 5, 2013, “FAQs about World Government” on May 17 and 31, 2013 in YouTube interviews and “What is World Citizenship?” at a conference of teenagers at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in July 2012. Other recent speeches include: “Claiming Your Rights as a World Citizen” on the World Citizen Radio show on the Global Radio Alliance, “The Right to Self-Determination: Local Citizenship Linked to World Citizenship” in Philadelphia, PA, “What is a Human Rights Lawyer?” at Pinecrest Elementary School, “World Peace Starts with You” in an online webinar, “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights for children and World Citizenship” at Forest Knolls Elementary School and on “Human Rights, Individual Sovereignty and World Citizenship” at the Roots Activity Learning Center in Washington, DC.
He spoke at the US Capitol Building in support of the rights of association and assembly at a Falun Gong March on Washington in July 2001. Other noteworthy speeches include “World Citizenship, World Law and Human Rights” at the Hague Appeal for Peace Conference in the Netherlands, “Human Rights and Global Recognition of Taiwan” in Taipei, Taiwan, and “Celebration of the Creation of the Esperanto Language” before the Esperanto Society of Washington, DC.
He has been interviewed on numerous occasions for books, newspapers, TV, internet radio shows and FM radio news broadcasts, such as on PRI’s the World, Huffington Post Live, BBC’s “Postmark Africa,” and has appeared twice as a talk radio show guest on WABC – covering topics such as human rights, creating a global justice system, terrorism, world citizenship, trans-border and migration issues. In 1997, he was interviewed by Sylvia Nasar for her biography, A Beautiful Mind.
He received a J.D. in 1991 from the Washington College of Law, American University in Washington, DC and an A.B. in French and an A.B. in History from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, in 1988. He has taken coursework toward an M.A. in International Affairs at the School of International Service, American University, and has spent a year at the Université de Caen in France.