“We the peoples: reclaiming an ethic of solidarity” – Lorraine Elliott

The Academic Council on the United Nations System inaugurated the John W. Holmes Memorial Lecture Series in 1989 in honor of a founding member of ACUNS. Mr. Holmes had served on the planning committee for the founding conference of ACUNS and the provisional committee in 1987–88. The talk he prepared for the first ACUNS Annual Meeting in 1988, “Looking Backwards and Forwards”, was the first publication in the Council’s series of Reports and Papers.

We are pleased to announce that the John W. Holmes Memorial Lecture at the 2018 Annual Meeting will be delivered by Lorraine Elliott, Chair, ACUNS; Professor, Australian National University.

Lorraine Elliott is Professor Emerita in the Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University. Until 2018 she was Professor of International Relations and Public Policy Fellow at the ANU. Professor Elliott first served on the ACUNS Board from 2009 to 2012. She rejoined the ACUNS Board in 2014 as Chair-elect and has held the post of Chair of the Board and the Executive Committee since 2015. She is also co-editor of Edward Elgar Publishing’s ACUNS Series on the UN System.

She has previously held appointment as Reader in International Relations at the University of Warwick in the UK and has held visiting appointments at the University of Oxford (Balliol College), the London School of Economics, the Free University of Amsterdam, the Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, the University of Sheffield and the University of Nottingham as a Highfield Fellow. She is the author or editor of 6 books and more than 80 refereed journal articles, book chapters and working papers in three overlapping areas of endeavour: global governance including the UN system; global and regional (Asia Pacific) environmental politics and ethics, and transnational environmental crime; and non-traditional security including human security. Her research has been funded by grants from the Australian Research Council, the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Science, the Japan Foundation, the US Institute of Peace and the Canadian Government.

Professor Elliott is Lead Faculty with the Earth System Governance project, a member of advisory boards for the Varieties of Peace Programme based at the University of Umeå, the intergovernmental Platform for Disaster Displacement, and the One World Trust. She is a member of the Australian Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation Asia Pacific (CSCAP) and the network of experts for the Geneva-based Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime. She served for three years as Vice President of the Executive Committee of the International Studies Association Asia Pacific region. As well as her policy-relevant work, she also contributes to capacity building and professional development activities for early career scholars, having undertaken such roles in Australia, Indonesia, the UK and Japan including with the European Consortium on Political Research, and the United Nations University.