Adam Day

Adam Day

Head of the Geneva Office

Juris Doctor, The University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Masters degree in Law and Diplomacy, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Masters Degree in Comparative Literature, Brown Univeristy
Doctorate, War Studies, King's College London

Dr Adam Day is Head of the Geneva Office of United Nations University Centre for Policy Research.

Dr Day oversees programming on peacebuilding, human rights, peacekeeping, climate-security, sanctions, and global governance, while also acting as co-lead on UNU-CPR’s support to the High-Level Advisory Board on Effective Multilateralism.

Prior to joining UNU in 2017, Dr Day served for a decade in the UN, including as Senior Political Adviser to MONUSCO (the Democratic Republic of the Congo), in the UN Special Coordinator’s Office for Lebanon, in the front offices of both UNMIS (Khartoum) and UNAMID (Darfur), and was a political officer in both the Department of Political Affairs and the Department of Peacekeeping Operations in New York. Dr Day also has substantial civil society experience, including with Human Rights Watch’s Justice Program and for the Open Society Justice Initiative in Cambodia.

Dr Day was an international litigator in New York, where he also worked pro bono for the Center for Constitutional Rights on behalf of Guantanamo detainees in their suits against former US officials for torture. He also supported the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague.

He has published widely in the fields of State-building, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, mediation, conflict resolution, human rights, rule of law, transitional justice, climate-security, the UN Security Council, and global governance.

Most recently, these include:

He has recently published op-eds in The Washington Post, International Policy Digest, The Diplomat, Global Observatory, Japan Times, The Conversation, and The Hill, among others. His recent academic publications include articles in Stability Journal, Global Governance, and Ethics & International Affairs.

Dr Day holds a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, a Master’s in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, a Master’s in Comparative Literature from Brown University, and a Doctorate from King’s College London’s War Studies Department.

Research Interests

  • Climate-security
  • Conflict Prevention
  • Conflict resolution
  • Countering Violent Extremism
  • Peacebuilding
  • Peacekeeping



Elevating the Environment in the Multilateral System

Enabling the UN to play a more meaningful role in a global transition towards a more sustainable relationship with nature.

10 Nov 2023

Blog Post

What Could a Successful Summit of the Future Look Like in 2024?

Defining broad criteria for a Summit that builds greater trust and reduces acute risks.

24 Aug 2023


Strengthening the G7’s Role in Conflict Prevention and Resolution

What policy options can the G7 adopt to strengthen its global conflict prevention and resolution role.

07 Dec 2022

Blog Post

To Build Consent in Peace Operations, Turn Mandates Upside Down

What the United Nations High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations (HIPPO) reforms would mean for peace operations mandates.

19 Jan 2017

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