The research group is positioned halfway within the Institute of Security and Global Affairs of Leiden University's Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs and the Faculty of Governance, Law and Safety of The Hague University of Applied Sciences. The research group is being funded by the Municipality of The Hague for a period of three years as part of the ‘Van Aartsen honours program’ in the field of UN Studies.
Aim of the research group
The aim of the UN Studies research group is to ultimately change perceptions of the UN. It will do so by establishing a UN Studies Research Network connecting expertise at The Hague University of Applied Sciences with that of Leiden University. The research group provides a unique opportunity to bring together a diverse set of actors relating to the UN and its activities in order to improve public visibility of and engagement with the organization. The research group is designed to act as an umbrella to connect different dimensions of UN proficiency by bridging academic and civil society and acting as a focal point for activities relating to the UN and associated ideas of global governance in the area of peace and justice.
Timing of the programme
This is a very timely moment at which to think about the UN for three main reasons.
Firstly, as the 75th anniversary of the UN in 2020 draws closer, the time has come for more balanced, critical and representative views of the organization. The Chair will stimulate frontier research in a range of different areas.
Secondly, the historical legacy of international law in The Hague, its reputation in the area of peace and justice, alongside the wealth of researchers and experts here, make it the ideal place in which to develop contributions to current debates about UN reform and revitalization.
Thirdly, as The Netherlands has just completed a term as an elected member on the Security Council this is an opportunity for appraisal and reflection on a range of UN issues from the perspective of the Dutch experience which may be mined to develop broader action plans.See also: Leiden University
Saskia Rademaker (MA Political Science, Leiden University) is researcher at the UN Studies Lectoraat at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. She contributes to the research theme Women and the Process of Peace, A Multilevel Perspective, is coordinator of the minor on Peacebuilding, is involved in The Hague Summer School on Human Security, Rights and Development. She is co-author/editor of the study book Wereld in Beweging (Dutch). Besides her research activities she works as a policy advisor at The Hague University of Applied Sciences.firstname.lastname@example.org
Benita Hickson is a Research and Education Assistant for the Chair/Lectorate of UN Studies in Peace and Justice, between The Hague University of Applied Sciences and Leiden University. She has a BA in History and Politics from Trinity College, Dublin and an MA in International Relations from Leiden University. She runs the youth leg of the Chair/Lectorate, UN Youth Impact, which aims to engage students in the UN, focusing on helping young people to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals on a local email@example.com
Szilvia Csevár is a lecturer in Public International Law at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS). She also holds a researcher position at the Chair/Lectorate of UN Studies in Peace and Justice, shared between Leiden University and THUAS, her research focusing on indigenous rights in the context of environmental justice and conflict prevention. She worked with the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone for several years as a Legal Researcher. Other professional activities included serving as Registrar with the International Peoples Tribunal on Crimes against Humanity in Indonesia 1965, as well as chairing the working group International Protection of Human Rights of the Dutch section of the International Commission of Jurists.firstname.lastname@example.org
David den Dunnen
David den Dunnen has been a lecturer in International Law and Legal Skills at The Hague University of Applied Sciences since 2010. He currently teaches courses on the law of international organizations, international security, and legal analysis and decision-making skills. David serves as a study coach and coordinates Y1 Tutoring. He is secretary of the Programme Committee for HBO-Rechten/Law. In September 2019 David will also join the Faculty’s research group of UN Studies in Peace and Justice. Previously, David served as the editor of Atlantisch Perspectief (2003-2010), a Dutch journal on international security, and published various articles. In 2001 he conducted an internship at the European Parliament. David holds an LL.M. in European, international and comparative law from Maastricht University (2002) and did his exchange at the Université d’Aix-Marseille III, France. He took the course International Security Issues at the Clingendael Institute in 2002 and participated in The Hague Academy’s Public International Law summer course (2016).
Christine M. G. Tremblay is Lecturer of International Law at The Hague University of Applied Sciences and an external PhD candidate at Leiden University. Her PhD research focuses on feminist scholarship and its impact on International Criminal Law since 1991. She obtained her law degree from McGill University in 1999 and is a member of the Quebec Bar. She obtained her LLM (adv.) from Leiden University in 2002. She has previously occupied the positions of General Coordinator of the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, and Managing Editor of the Leiden Journal of International Law.
Reitse Keizer (MA Political Economics, Rotterdam) is researcher at the UN Studies Lectoraat of THUAS. With specialisations in history of economic thinking and monetary economics he focuses on UN’s role in international financial-economic relations and the development of economic thinking. He contributes to the minor Peacebuilding and is co-author/editor of the study book Wereld in Beweging (Dutch). He also works as researcher at the New Finance Lectoraat of THUAS.email@example.com
The project’s innovative contribution is in explaining the ways in which the UN has changed over time by placing an emphasis on the dynamic role of Global South actors. The research will elucidate histories of the ordering role of institutions at a moment when global governance is in crisis and the liberal world order appears to be fragmenting. Its primary impact will be in decolonizing the historiography by highlighting the historical agency of Global South actors, and transposing the importance of the organization in the longer history of the latter half of the twentieth century to provide a truly global history of the UN.
This program examines women’s involvement in three key areas of peace and conflict: conflict prevention, peacekeeping and the post-conflict/peace-making. Drawing on the Secretary-General’s emphasis on the role of women in conflict prevention in his last report (2018) and Security Council Resolution 1325 the central research question asks; What is the role of women in building sustainable peace?
The project will identify and analyse the specific contribution of women to building sustainable peace from their role in conflict prevention, women as peacekeepers and post-conflict peace-making capacities. It will draw together military and civilian experiences in this field to reflect on women as actors, rather than merely agents in peace-building processes.
With Dr. Vanessa Newby (Leiden University), Prof. Madeleine Hosli (Leiden University), Mr. Diego Salama (Leiden University), Mr. Wietse Stam (Leiden University), Mr. Tom Buitelaar (European University Institute), Ms. Christine Tremblay (THUAS), Ms. Szilvia Csevar (THUAS), Ms. Willemijn Aerdts (Leiden University).
A project in association with the Van Aartsen Honours Program (City of The Hague) and the PRE-program of Leiden University.
This project is focused on working with youth at two levels; in schools and in universities.
At the school level, it will work with youth in disadvantaged areas of The Hague. The main aim is to engage the youth in UN ideas and the concept of world citizenship by working with them in weekend workshops and class rooms on relevant topics of global governance, especially the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
At the university level, this project will connect with on-going initiatives among student associations, model UN groups and Dutch youth organizations. There is a wide range of dynamic activities organized by these groups which can be connected around a joint platform relating to Goal 4 or Goal 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions). By fostering and promoting these activities, a network of cooperation will be formed, which will then develop a series of initiatives aimed towards the 75th anniversary of the UN in 2020.
Drawing on the lessons learned during the Dutch term as an elected member of the Security Council during 2018, this research project will focus on the role of elected members, and in particular, the political benefits of this position for small countries.
The project will ask a series of core research questions: What is the advantage of elected membership of the Security Council and how do states negotiate their agendas during their tenure? What will be the impact of Brexit in the next round of elections? What are the similarities and the differences in the politics between and across the regional caucuses and what patterns or consistencies may be highlighted? What does this tell us about the changing value of UN membership over time and the informal networks and methods of diplomacy between the Security Council and the General Assembly?
The project will engage the experiences of a variety of member states and UN officials and experts in this process, with the aim of producing both academic and policy relevant outputs. It will link these questions to the historical performance of UN diplomacy and current debates about reform of the Security Council and General Assembly.
With Prof. Jan Melissen, Mr. David van den Dunnen, Mr. Diego Salama.