The Centre for the Study of United Nations aims to develop a learning platform on opportunities and limits of the UN by enhancing research and building knowledge on how the United Nations system works both in terms of institutional development and in terms of promotion and implementation of various multilateral policies. The Centre fits very well with the global vision and global aspirations of Jindal Global Law School and also with O.P. Jindal Global University commitment to independent scholarship and academic freedom.
In 1953 the first UN Secretary-General Trygve Lie welcomed Dag Hammarskjöld, the second Secretary-General, arriving in New York, saying: “Welcome, Dag, to the most impossible job on this earth.” The UN has been often criticized and turned into a scapegoat, when states failed to live up to the initial expectations of its founders. But let’s also remind what Dag Hammarskjöld famously once said that the UN “was not created to take us to heaven, but to save us from hell”. The Centre for the Study of United Nations engages in projects studying the history and the traditions but also takes a transformative approach to research, teaching and societal engagement, having in mind latest dynamic geopolitical and technological shifts.
The modern world has become dangerously over-armed, over-populated and over-heated, and states cannot deal with the challenges alone. They need international co-operation to foster common actions. They need also consistent support from civil society and private sector. The Centre therefore promotes dialogue and mutual understanding across and between academics, practitioners, civil society and students in India and abroad. It aims to build and disseminate knowledge on the most pressing global problems and possible solutions, to assist in developing capacity among stake-holders.
The Centre for UN Studies at JGU was established in 2015 with the aim to:
The Centre formulates collaborative research projects, each having its specific partnership, focus, scope, budget and implementation schedule. Normally a project will run between 2 and 3 years, engaging a dozen of scholars and will result in edited books or special issues in academic journals. Projects will normally start with a planning meeting, followed by concept drafting, a scope conference with partners, donors, beneficiaries, call for papers, project workshop followed by editing books or special issues in journals. The publications will be promoted at book launches and presentations at academic conferences.