Peace Diplomacy, Global Justice and International Agency

Peace Diplomacy, Global Justice and International Agency : Rethinking Human Security and Ethics in the Spirit of Dag Hammarskjoeld

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As UN Secretary-General, Dag Hammarskjoeld shaped many of the fundamental principles and practices of international organisations, such as preventive diplomacy, the ethics of international civil service, impartiality and neutrality. He was also at the heart of the constitutional foundations and principles of the UN. This tribute and critical review of Hammarskjoeld's values and legacy examines his approach towards international civil service, agency and value-based leadership, investigates his vision of internationalism and explores his achievements and failures as Secretary-General. It draws on specific conflict situations and strategies such as Suez and the Congo for lessons that can benefit contemporary conflict resolution and modern concepts such as human security and R2P. It also reflects on ways in which actors such as international courts, tribunals and the EU can benefit from Hammarskjoeld's principles and experiences in the fields of peace and security and international justice.
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  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
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  • 1139898892
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Table of contents

1. Human security and ethics in the spirit of Dag Hammarskjoeld: an introduction Carsten Stahn and Henning Melber; Part I. Reflections on Dag Hammarskjoeld: 2. Dag Hammarskjoeld and the twenty-first century Kofi Annan; 3. A beacon of hope: Dag Hammarskjoeld and the United Nations Brian Urquhart; 4. Dag Hammarskjoeld, 1905-61: a remarkable man, a remarkable Secretary-General Pieter Kooijmans; 5. Dag Hammarskjoeld, the United Nations and the Rule of Law in today's world Hans Corell; Part II. Hammarskjoeld's intellectual legacy and leadership: 6. Dag Hammarskjoeld and the politics of hope Monica Bouman; 7. Dag Hammarskjoeld's spirituality and the quest for negotiated peace, reconciliation and meaning Paul R. Nelson; 8. From the unwritten manual: Dag Hammarskjoeld's political wisdom Roger Lipsey; 9. Hammarskjoeld's dynamic approach to the UN Charter and international law Ove Bring; 10. Hammarskjoeld, economic thinking, and the United Nations Anne Orford; Part III. Hammarskjoeld, the UN and the Congo: 11. Dag Hammarskjoeld and the Congo Crisis, 1960-1 Maria Stella Rognoni; 12. Continuities of violence in the Congo: legacies of Hammarskjoeld and Lumumba Helen M. Hintjens and Serena Cruz; 13. Lumumba v. Hammarskjoeld: a story of confrontation Jean Omasombo Tshonda; 14. Dag Hammarskjoeld and Africa's decolonisation Henning Melber; 15. The Dag factor: how quiet diplomacy changed the role of the Secretariat during the Congo Crisis, 1960-1 Alanna O'Malley; Part IV. The Role of the UN Secretary-General: 16. The 'Suez story': Dag Hammarskjoeld, the United Nations and the creation of UN peacekeeping Manuel Froehlich; 17. Breaking free: Dag Hammarskjoeld, good offices and heads of international organisations Aoife O'Donoghue; 18. Dag Hammarskjoeld's diplomacy: lessons learned Peter Wallensteen; 19. Visions of international life: from Hammarskjoeld to Annan and beyond Jan Anne Vos; 20. EU global peace diplomacy: institutional framework Steven Blockmans; Part V. Re-thinking Internationalism: Intervention, Responsibility and the Politics of R2P: 21. From 'conference machinery' to 'global administration'? International executive authority beyond Hammarskjoeld Carsten Stahn; 22. Hammarskjoeld and international executive rule: a third world perspective on international law Vijayashri Sripati; 23. Who cares?: Dag Hammarskjoeld and the limits of responsibility in international law J. Craig Barker; 24. Libya, intervention and responsibility: the dawn of a new era? Francis Kofi Abiew and Noemi Gal-Or; 25. The Arab Spring and the rise and fall of international human rights Louise Arbour; Part VI. Hammarskjoeld's Credo: Annex I. The Secretary-General's Annual Report to the General Assembly of the United Nations, Introduction, 17 August 1961; Annex II. Address Given by the Secretary-General, Mr Dag Hammarskjoeld, on the Occasion of Staff Day, General Assembly Hall, 8 September 1961.
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'This book's many contributors, more than 20 in all, provide a fitting tribute and an objective analysis of Dag Hammarskjoeld's achievements as the second UN Secretary-General.' Stephen Williams, African Business '... a major collection of reflections on Hammarskjoeld's intellectual and international political legacy by a cross-disciplinary team of top-flight reflective practitioners (Annan, Brian Urquhart, Hans Corell) and engaged scholars.' Ramesh Thakur, International Affairs 'What a feast of a book this is! ... this is a tribute commensurate to the legendary status of the late UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjoeld (1905-61), whose lofty ideas, practical initiatives and suspicious death did a lot to shape the United Nations during the Cold War years and through to the present day.' Georgios Kostakos, Academic Council on the United Nations System ( 'Peace Diplomacy, Global Justice and International Agency promises to examine Hammarskjoeld's approach towards international civil service, agency and value-based leadership from a range of disciplinary standpoints.' Guy Fiti Sinclair, European Journal of International Law 'In this paper, the reader can find in-depth analyses of aspects of the Swedish diplomat's thinking, as well as evocations of Dag Hammarskjoeld. ... The broad introductory study, signed by the editors ..., presents the main points of Hammarskjoeld's thinking, highlighting his contribution to the resolution of crises such as the Congolese one, reviewing briefly the academic literature dedicated to him and providing a detailed presentation of the elements that made up his credo.' Iuliu-Marius Morariu, translated from Astra Salvensis - Review of History and Culture IV
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About Carsten Stahn

Carsten Stahn is Chair of International Criminal Law and Global Justice at Leiden University, The Netherlands and Programme Director of the Grotius Centre for International Studies, The Hague. Henning Melber is Senior Adviser and Director Emeritus of The Dag Hammarskjold Foundation, Uppsala, Sweden. He is also Extraordinary Professor at both the University of Pretoria and at the Centre for Africa Studies, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa.
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