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A noted scholar and educator, Jean-Marc Coicaud is the director of the Division of Global Affairs

In September 2011 Jean-Marc Coicaud joined Rutgers University in Newark as director of the Division of Global Affairs and professor of law and global affairs. A noted scholar and educator of international affairs, Coicaud came to Rutgers from the United Nations, where he served as director of the UN University Office in New York since 2003.

Before becoming director of the UN University Office, Coicaud began his UN career as a speechwriter in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, Dr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali. Coicaud held positions at the UN Department of Political Affairs, served as a senior academic officer and director of studies in international politics at the UN University in Tokyo, worked as a legislative assistant to the Finance Committee of the European Parliament, and served as a cultural attaché with the French Consulate in the United States.

A native of France, Coicaud’s academic experience includes teaching and fellowship positions at Harvard University, New School University, New York University School of Law, Tsinghua University (Beijing), the École Supérieure-Ulm and the University of Paris 1-Sorbonne. Among his many publications are books in the fields of comparative politics, political and legal theory, international relations and international law.

Coicaud earned a Doctorat d’État in political philosophy from the Institut d’Études Politiques and a doctoral degree in political science and law from the University of Paris 1-Sorbonne. He also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in linguistics, literature, and philosophy. His knowledge of languages includes English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese. He is a member of the advisory board of Global Policy Innovations and a member and former fellow of The Harvard Sachs Foundation.