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Peace Diplomacy, Global Justice and International Agency
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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.


'This book's many contributors, more than 20 in all, provide a fitting tribute and an objective analysis of Dag Hammarskjöld's achievements as the second UN Secretary-General.'

Stephen Williams Source: African Business

'… a major collection of reflections on Hammarskjöld’s intellectual and international political legacy by a cross-disciplinary team of top-flight reflective practitioners (Annan, Brian Urquhart, Hans Corell) and engaged scholars.'

Ramesh Thakur Source: International Affairs

'What a feast of a book this is! … this is a tribute commensurate to the legendary status of the late UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld (1905–61), whose lofty ideas, practical initiatives and suspicious death did a lot to shape the United Nations during the Cold War years and through to the present day.'

Georgios Kostakos Source: Academic Council on the United Nations System (

'Peace Diplomacy, Global Justice and International Agency promises to examine Hammarskjöld's approach towards international civil service, agency and value-based leadership from a range of disciplinary standpoints.'

Guy Fiti Sinclair Source: European Journal of International Law

'In this paper, the reader can find in-depth analyses of aspects of the Swedish diplomat's thinking, as well as evocations of Dag Hammarskjöld. … The broad introductory study, signed by the editors …, presents the main points of Hammarskjöld's thinking, highlighting his contribution to the resolution of crises such as the Congolese one, reviewing briefly the academic literature dedicated to him and providing a detailed presentation of the elements that made up his credo.'

Iuliu-Marius Morariu Source: translated from Astra Salvensis - Review of History and Culture IV

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