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Peace Diplomacy, Global Justice and International Agency


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  • Page extent: 635 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.98 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 341.23
  • Dewey version: 23
  • LC Classification: D839.7.H3 P43 2014
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Hammarskjöld, Dag,--1905-1961
    • United Nations--History
    • United Nations--Biography
    • World politics--1955-1965
    • Political ethics

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9781107037205)

As UN Secretary-General, Dag Hammarskjöld 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 Hammarskjöld'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 Hammarskjöld's principles and experiences in the fields of peace and security and international justice.

• Translates the intellectual legacy, diplomatic techniques and historical experiences of Hammarskjöld into lessons for contemporary policy-makers, practitioners and academics • Expert contributors put their specific area of analysis in the context of Hammarskjöld's intellectual, spiritual and political legacy in order to provide guidelines for future strategies in conflict mediation and global governance initiatives • Enriches discourse on global governance by treating ethics, spirituality and philosophy as guiding principles for humanitarian action


1. Human security and ethics in the spirit of Dag Hammarskjöld: an introduction Carsten Stahn and Henning Melber; Part I. Reflections on Dag Hammarskjöld: 2. Dag Hammarskjöld and the twenty-first century Kofi Annan; 3. A beacon of hope: Dag Hammarskjöld and the United Nations Brian Urquhart; 4. Dag Hammarskjöld, 1905–61: a remarkable man, a remarkable Secretary-General Pieter Kooijmans; 5. Dag Hammarskjöld, the United Nations and the Rule of Law in today's world Hans Corell; Part II. Hammarskjöld's intellectual legacy and leadership: 6. Dag Hammarskjöld and the politics of hope Monica Bouman; 7. Dag Hammarskjöld's spirituality and the quest for negotiated peace, reconciliation and meaning Paul R. Nelson; 8. From the unwritten manual: Dag Hammarskjöld's political wisdom Roger Lipsey; 9. Hammarskjöld's dynamic approach to the UN Charter and international law Ove Bring; 10. Hammarskjöld, economic thinking, and the United Nations Anne Orford; Part III. Hammarskjöld, the UN and the Congo: 11. Dag Hammarskjöld and the Congo Crisis, 1960–1 Maria Stella Rognoni; 12. Continuities of violence in the Congo: legacies of Hammarskjöld and Lumumba Helen M. Hintjens and Serena Cruz; 13. Lumumba v. Hammarskjöld: a story of confrontation Jean Omasombo Tshonda; 14. Dag Hammarskjöld 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 Hammarskjöld, the United Nations and the creation of UN peacekeeping Manuel Fröhlich; 17. Breaking free: Dag Hammarskjöld, good offices and heads of international organisations Aoife O'Donoghue; 18. Dag Hammarskjöld's diplomacy: lessons learned Peter Wallensteen; 19. Visions of international life: from Hammarskjöld 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 Hammarskjöld Carsten Stahn; 22. Hammarskjöld and international executive rule: a third world perspective on international law Vijayashri Sripati; 23. Who cares?: Dag Hammarskjöld 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. Hammarskjöld'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 Hammarskjöld, on the Occasion of Staff Day, General Assembly Hall, 8 September 1961.


'This book's many contributors, more than 20 in all, provide a fitting tribute and an objective analysis of Dag Hammarskjöld's achievements as the second UN Secretary-General.' Stephen Williams, African Business

'… a major collection of reflections on Hammarskjöld'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 Hammarskjöld (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 Hammarskjöld'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 Hammarskjöld. … The broad introductory study, signed by the editors …, presents the main points of Hammarskjöld'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


Carsten Stahn, Henning Melber, Kofi Annan, Brian Urquhart, Pieter Kooijmans, Hans Corell, Monica Bouman, Paul R. Nelson, Roger Lipsey, Ove Bring, Anne Orford, Maria Stella Rognoni, Helen M. Hintjens, Serena Cruz, Jean Omasombo Tshonda, Alanna O'Malley, Manuel Fröhlich, Aoife O'Donoghue, Peter Wallensteen, Jan Anne Vos, Steven Blockmans, Vijayashri Sripati, J. Craig Barker, Francis Kofi Abiew, Noemi Gal-Or, Louise Arbour

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