Introduction

Update: the lector/ special chair UN Studies is vacant. Preparations for recruitment for a new lector / special chair UN studies are ongoing.

From 1st of September 2018, Alanna O'Malley was appointed as Professor of United Nations Studies in Peace and Justice, focusing on the ‘lesser-known actors’ of the UN: women, the youth, the agents of informal diplomatic networks within the UN and actors from the Global South. This Special Chair has been created by the Municipality of The Hague to honor the work of Jozias Van Aartsen, former Dutch Foreign Minister and Mayor of The Hague. The new appointed professor Alanna ‘O Malley will set up and lead the research group UN Studies: Peace and Justice. The Research group aims to increase the visibility and relevance of the UN to the general public in The Hague and beyond, capitalizing on The Hague a strategic centre for UN Studies.

About the research group

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

Team

Szilvia Csevár

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David den Dunnen

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Christine Tremblay

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Saskia Rademaker

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Projects

The Invisible History of the United Nations and the Global South

Challenging the Liberal World Order from Within, The Invisible History of the United Nations and the Global South, 1945-1981.
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Women and the Process of Peace, A Multilevel Perspective

This program examines women’s involvement in three key areas of peace and conflict: conflict prevention, peacekeeping and the post-conflict/peace-making.
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The UN and I, What Does the UN Mean to the Youth?

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.
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News

8 June 2023

Szilvia Csevár on the editorial board of new book series

Research

The series seeks to publish original research on the war/environment nexus from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.
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7 July 2022

An Indigenous Story - The Story of the Tŝilhqot’in

Research, Programmes

09.06.2022 16:00 – 18:00; The lights are dimmed, and the first students stride into the room. The recording is set up…
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15 March 2022

Minor: Making Peace Not War: Sustainable Peace and Conflict Resolution

Research

Are you interested in finding out how to tackle international conflicts? Are you motivated to learn how the UN…
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Publications

Report

Gender, Climate & Security

Szilvia Csevár is co-author of this UN study on sustaining inclusive peace on the frontlines of climate change.

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Publication

Ten new insights in climate science 2022

This publication that Szilvia Csevár contributed to, summarizes what the authors assess as the past year's most important findings within climate change research.

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Article

Stretching Horizons and Testing Limits, The Netherlands and Sweden as Norm Entrepreneurs the United Nations Security Council

This article co-written by David den Dunnen explores the motivations, experiences and challenges of two Western, medium powers, the Netherlands and Sweden, which completed one- and two-year terms respectively

Article

Voices in the Background: Environmental Degradation and Climate Change as Driving Forces of Violence Against Indigenous Women

This article by Szilvia Csevár argues how uncontrolled resource extraction can intensify pre-existing inequalities and amplify vulnerabilities, leading to gendered consequences caused by environmental damage.

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Article

Sexualised Violence and Land Grabbing: forgotten conflict and ignored victims in West Papua

In this article, Szilvia Csevár looks at the enforced militarisation of West Papua and the patterns of sexual violence used to fully control and exploit the islands natural resources.

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