The UN and the legitimacy challenge

Event
  • DATE / TIME :
    2011•05•23    13:15 - 14:30
    Location :
    New York

    This seminar examines ideas about how legitimacy can be made, how it can be used, and how it can also be lost in the context of the United Nations and its operations. It is the introductory seminar in the new UNU Legitimacy Series.

    How is legitimacy defined? To what ends can international organizations use their legitimacy to carry out their functions and duties? How does legitimacy translate into an organization’s recognition by its peers and the people it serves?

    Legitimation can come in many ways, including through the process of deliberation, from following correct procedures, and by achieving substantive results. Each of these has different implications for the work of the United Nations. The seminar examines ideas about how legitimacy can be made, how it can be used, and how it can also be lost in the context of the United Nations and its operations.

    This is the introductory seminar in the new UNU Legitimacy Series, which provides a platform for critical discussions with academics and public intellectuals about issues of legitimacy as they arise in various aspects of the work of the United Nations.

    Speakers

      • Ian Hurd, Associate Professor at Northwestern University and visiting fellow at the Niehaus Center on Globalization and Governance at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
      • Other speakers to be confirmed

    Moderator

    • Jean-Marc Coicaud, Director, United Nations University Office in New York

    For more information, or to register to attend, please go to the UNU-ONY website event page.

    If you are unable to attend in person, you may register here for the live webcast.