SG-activity - UN-Doing It

Studium Generale explores with Prof. Willem van Genugten changing international realm dynamics re-defining the context in which the United Nations finds itself.

The United Nations, established in 1945, was meant to be an answer to many of the world’s problems. Underpinning its institutionalized power and authority were expectations and assumptions regarding how a global community would function. More than seventy years later and on the eve of the transfer of power to a new Secretary General, Studium Generale takes stock of dynamics re-defining the context in which the United Nations finds itself and what this means for the future.

Prof. Willem van Genugten sets the stage for an upcoming analysis of specific dynamics in tension with the United Nations and prospects for its future. Tonight he puts the UN in historical perspective and focuses on the global level context into which it was embedded. What dynamics were at play when the UN was created? Can these be rhymed with evolving contours of the current international realm?

Prof. Dr. Willem van Genugten

Until recently, Willem van Genugten has been a full professor of International Law at Tilburg University. As of now, he still holds a small chair in International Law at the North-West University, South Africa. Further to that he is, amongst other things, chair of the Royal Netherlands Society of International law, chair of the Knowledge Platform Security and the Rule of Law of the Dutch government and chair of the Committee on the Implementation of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of the International Law Association. He is the author of a long list of academic as well as popularizing publications in the field of international law, a.o. about the United Nations. In 2012, he received a doctorate honoris causa from the North-West University in South Africa.