Prominent United Nations Official Named Director Of The Division Of Global Affairs At Rutgers University-Newark

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Steven J. Diner, chancellor of Rutgers University, Newark, has announced the appointment of Dr. Jean-Marc Coicaud as director of the Division of Global Affairs (DGA) and tenured full professor in law and global affairs. Coicaud comes to Rutgers from the United Nations, where he has served as director of the United Nations University Office in New York since 2003. Coicaud is a noted scholar and educator of international affairs.

“We are pleased to welcome Jean-Marc Coicaud to the Rutgers University community,” commented Diner. “His broad global experience at the UN and in academia will serve him well at DGA, a highly respected center of study and research, whose faculty and students constitute a mini United Nations here in New Jersey.”

A native of France, Coicaud’s academic experience has included teaching and fellowship positions at Harvard University, New School University, New York University School of Law, Tsinghua University (Beijing), the Ecole Superieure-Ulm and the University of Paris 1-Sorbonne.

Coicaud began his UN career as a speechwriter in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, Dr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali, has held positions at the UN Department of Political Affairs, and has served as a senior academic officer and director of studies in international politics at the UN University in Tokyo, before assuming his current UN position. He has also served as a legislative assistant to the Finance Committee of the European Parliament and as a cultural attaché with the French Consulate in the U.S.

Among Coicaud’s many publications are books in the fields of comparative politics, political and legal theory, international relations and international law. His books  include Légitimité et Politique (Presses Universitaires de France, 1997), Politics and Legitimacy:  A Contribution to the Study of Political Right and Political Responsibility (Cambridge University Press, 2002), Ethics in Action: The Ethical Challenges of International Human Rights Nongovernmental Organizations  (Cambridge University Press, 2006), Beyond the National Interest: The Future of UN Peacekeeping and Multilateralism in an Era of U.S. Primacy (United State Institute of Peace Press, 2007), and Fault Lines of International Legitimacy (Cambridge University Press, 2009). His scholarly work is available in six languages.

Coicaud was awarded a Doctorat d’Etat in political philosophy by the Institute d’Etudes Politiques and a doctoral degree in political science and law by the University of Paris I – Sorbonne. In addition, he 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. 


The Division of Global Affairs (DGA) administers graduate programs in global affairs (a master of science and a doctor of philosophy), conducts research on global change and governance, and serves as the focus of the University’s outreach to professional communities with global concerns. At the core of the DGA agenda is the relationship between globalization, the post-cold war realignment of great-power relations, and the growing role of international institutions and non-governmental organizations, transnational corporations, security and social movements. DGA draws on the research, teaching, and expertise of a distinguished faculty representing a variety of disciplines—anthropology, business, criminal justice, economics, history, law, nursing, philosophy, political science, public affairs and administration, and sociology.

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