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
Tom Buitelaar is PhD student in Political Science at the European University Institute, where he's working under the supervision of Professor Jennifer Welsh. In his dissertation, he investigates the how the UN balances peace and justice in its peace operations. For the UN Studies Chair/Lectorate, he is organizing an event on peacekeeping to take place on 29 May, International Peacekeepers Day.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).
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
Vanessa Newby is an Assistant Professor at Leiden University and author of Peacekeeping in South Lebanon: Credibility and Local Cooperation with Syracuse University Press (2018). She has a PhD in International Relations and her research interests include peacekeeping, peacebuilding, gender and security, informal institutions, and the international relations of the Middle East. Vanessa has conducted research on the Middle East for over twelve years and is an Arabic speaker. She has published in several international peer-reviewed journals such as International Peacekeeping, Contemporary Politics, the Australian Journal of International Affairs, and Third World Quarterly
Saskia Rademaker is researcher at the UN Studies Lectorate The Hague University of Applied Sciences. She is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs at Leiden University, focusing on women, peace and security. She is coordinator of the minor Making Peace not War, and co-author/editor of the textbook Wereld in Beweging (Dutch). Besides her research activities Saskia works as a policy advisor at the department of Education, Knowledge and Communication at The Hague University of Applied Sciences.firstname.lastname@example.org
Menandro S. Abanes
Menandro S. Abanes is a researcher and development worker who has more than 16 years of experience in the field. He earned a fellowship from the Ford-Foundation Graduate Degree for Southeast Asian Development Practitioners for his MA in Anthropology with special focus on development studies at the Institute of Philippine Culture (IPC) – Ateneo de Manila University. Then, he was awarded a scholarship by Nippon Foundation to specialize in International Peace Studies at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. In 2010, he joined a research project financed by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), Ethno-religious conflicts in Indonesia and the Philippines (ERCIP) as a doctoral researcher at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands. In 2014, he earned his PhD in Social Science. He is currently a lecturer at Safety and Security Management Studies (SSMS) at The Hague University of Applied Sciences.email@example.com
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.
Mark van der Veen
Mark van der Veen is student in International Public Management at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. From March to July 2020 he is an intern at the Lectorate UN Studies, assisting the Lectorate’s UN School Kids Project. He is completing his bachelor’s thesis under supervision of Saskia Rademaker. Last year Mark did an internship in Accra, Ghana, conducting research in poor urban firstname.lastname@example.org
Alanna O’Malley is Professor of United Nations Studies in Peace and Justice at The Hague University of Applied Sciences and Leiden University. She completed a PhD at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence from 2007-2012. In 2009, she was a Visiting Scholar at New York University, in Spring 2017 a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellow at the Laureate Research Program in International History at the University of Sydney and from August 2017-February 2018 she was a Fulbright Research Scholar at the History Department of George Washington University in Washington D.C. In 2019 she was awarded a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) for her new research project 'Challenging the Liberal World Order from Within, The Invisible History of the UN and the Global South.email@example.com