Carsten Stahn and Henning Melber (editors), Peace Diplomacy, Global Justice and International Agency Rethinking Human Security and Ethics in the Spirit of Dag Hammarskjöld (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014), 635 pp.

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

About the Editors
CR150Carsten Stahn, Universiteit Leiden

Carsten Stahn is Chair of International Criminal Law and Global Justice at Leiden University, The Netherlands and Programme Director of the Grotius Centre for International Studies, The Hague.



Henning150Henning Melber, The Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation

Henning Melber is Senior Adviser and Director Emeritus of The Dag Hammarskj öld Foundation, Uppsala, Sweden. He is also Extraordinary Professor at both the University of Pretoria and at the Centre for Africa Studies, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa.