Part memoir and history as well as a call to action, In Search of a Better World, the 2017 CBC Massey Lecture, is a powerful and essential work on the major human rights struggles of our times by internationally renowned human rights lawyer and former UN prosecutor Payam Akhavan.


Such an illustrious career, played out against the backdrop of some of humanity’s darkest moments, makes for a revelatory, heartbreaking, and often challenging narrative.

- Quill and Quire

[Akhavan’s] standing as the 2017 Massey Lecturer [is] not only deserved but overdue. The lecture’s companion book, In Search of a Better World: A Human Rights Odyssey is more than a treatise on rights: it’s also effectively an autobiography, showing how a crusade with global implications had its roots in personal experience.

- Montreal Gazette