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Speakers: Dr. Jean-Marc Coicaud & Ambassador Wang Guangya
Date: Saturday,  February 23, 2008, 2:00 pm-4 pm

Book launch:

Towards the International Rule of Law



        Dr. Jean-Marc Coicaud            Ambassador Wang Guangya


Jointly with the United Nations University (UNU), China Institute is presenting at a book launch event on 23 February 2008, from 2pm to 4pm. The event will feature a new book authored by Dr. Jean-Marc Coicaud, Head of the United Nations University Office at the UN in New York (UNU-ONY). The book is entitled Towards the International Rule of Law: UN’s Response to Humanitarian Crises (《迈向国际法治:联合国对人道主义危机的回应》), and the preface was written by Wang Guangya, Chinese Ambassador to the United Nations.

Towards the International Rule of Law, by Dr. Jean-Marc Coicaud, will be published in Chinese by the SDX Joint publishing company in Beijing in February 2008. The book addresses the extent and limits of international solidarity, focusing on the limits. It discusses the United Nations as an international bureaucracy, the socialization of international life by international law, and the ambiguous role of key democratic countries, which are at the same time the underwriters and undermines of the international system. 

At the book launch, Dr. Coicaud will introduce his new book and Ambassador Wang Guangya will then give comments on the book and contribute his insights on the role of China in the context of the UN. It is the hope of the event organizer that this book launch will contribute to raising awareness and the level of debate about the role of the UN, multilateralism, and the role of China in the international system. 

Dr. Jean-Marc Coicaud heads the United Nations University (UNU) Office at the United Nations in New York. He was Senior Academic Officer at the UNU in Tokyo from 1996 to 2003. Before joining UNU, he served in the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General as a speechwriter for Dr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali (1992-1996). A former fellow at Harvard University), Coicaud has held appointments such as Cultural Attaché with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Legislative Aide with the European Parliament, Associate Professor at the University of Paris, and Visiting Professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure-Ulm in Paris.  Coicaud holds a Ph.D. in political science-law from the Sorbonne and a Doctorat d'Etat in philosophy from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques of Paris. In addition, he holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in literature and linguistics.  

Jean-Marc Coicaud is the author of the following single-authored books: L’introuvable démocratie autoritaire (1996), Légitimité et Politique (1997), Politics and Legitimacy: A Contribution to the Study of Political Right and Political Responsibility (Cambridge University Press, 2002, also available in Spanish, Japanese, Chinese and Arabic), Beyond the National Interest (2007) and, in Japanese, Limits of the UN/Future of the UN (2007). He co-authored Power in Transition: The Peaceful Change of International Order (2001). He co-edited Ethics and International Affairs: Extent and Limits (2001), The Legitimacy of International Organizations (2001), The Globalization of Human Rights (2003) and, Ethics in Action: The Ethical Challenges of International Human Rights Nongovernmental Organizations (2007). In 2008, he is publishing, in Chinese, Towards the International Rule of Law, as well as two new co-edited volumes, National Interest and International Solidarity: Particular and Universal Ethics in International Life and, The Age of Apology: Facing Up to the Past. Jean-Marc Coicaud is now working on a new single-authored book, Kissing War Good-bye: The Morality of International Politics

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Location: China Institute, 125 East 65th Street, New York, NY 10021



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