Professor of Law and Global Affairs and Director of the Division of Global Affairs
Jean-Marc Coicaud joined Rutgers University in the fall of 2011. He is Professor of Law and Global Affairs, and Director of the Division of Global Affairs. He is also a Global Ethics Fellow with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.
Dr. Coicaud holds a Ph.D. in Political Science-Law from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and a Doctorat d’État in Political Theory from the Institut d’Études Politiques of Paris. A former fellow at Harvard University from 1986 to 1992 (Center for International Affairs, Department of Philosophy and Harvard Law School) Dr. Coicaud also holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in philosophy, literature and linguistics.
Jean-Marc Coicaud has published 14 books (single-authored, co-authored and co-edited) and more than 70 chapters and articles in the fields of comparative politics, political and legal theory, international relations, and international law. His books are available in English, French, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish and Arabic, and include the following: L’introuvable démocratie autoritaire (L’Harmattan,1996), Légitimité et Politique (Presses Universitaires de France, 1997), Legitimacy and Politics: A Contribution to the Study of Political Right and Political Responsibility (Cambridge University Press, 2002), Beyond the National Interest: the Future of UN Peacekeeping and Multilateralism in an Era of U.S. Primacy (United States Institute of Peace Press, 2007), Kokuren no Genkai/Kokuren no Mirai (Future of the UN/Limits of the UN – Fujiwara Shoten, 2007), Mai Xiang Guo Ji Fa Zhi (Towards the International Rule of Law – Sanlian Shudian, 2008), and Fault Lines of International Legitimacy (with Hilary Charlesworth, Cambridge University Press, 2012)
Prior to joining Rutgers, from 2003 to 2011, he served as the Director of the United Nations University (UNU) Office at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. From 1996 to 2003, he was Senior Academic Officer and Director of Studies at the UNU Headquarters in Tokyo. Prior to joining UNU, from 1992 to 1996, he served in the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General as a speechwriter for Dr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali. In the spring of 1996, he also served as an advisor at the Guatemalan Office of the UN Department of Political Affairs. Dr. Coicaud has held appointments such as Cultural Attaché with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Legislative Aide with the European Parliament (Financial Committee). He has also been a Visiting Professor at the École Normale Supérieure-Ulm (Paris), Chuo Law School (Tokyo), Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Law (San Juan), and has taught at the New School for Social Research (New York City). In addition, he has been a Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace (Washington, D.C.), a Global Research Fellow at New York University School of Law, a Visiting Scholar at the School of Public Policy and Management of Tsinghua University (Beijing), and a Visiting Scholar at the Institutum Iurisprudentiae of the Academia Sinica and Taiwan National University College of Law (Taipei, Taiwan). In the spring of 2013 he served as the Roberta Buffett Visiting Professor of International and Comparative Studies at Northwestern University.
Dr. Coicaud has lectured extensively throughout the world, including Chile (Naval War Academy), China (Beijing University, Institute of International Law of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Tsinghua University), France (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, École Polytechnique, Institut d’Études Politiques), Hungary (Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Italy (European University Institute), Japan (Chuo University, Keio University, Waseda University), Taiwan (National Taiwan Normal University), the United Kingdom (Cambridge University, International Institute for Strategic Studies, Oxford University), and the United States (Columbia University, New York University, Princeton University, Rand Corporation, University of California at Berkeley, University of Southern California, Columbia University, U.S. War College).
Joining a list of distinguished keynote speakers which includes renowned practitioners and scholars Richard Falk, Martha Nussbaum, and Amartya Sen, Dr. Coicaud delivered the keynote lecture for the 2014 Barbara L. and Norman C. Tanner Center for Non-Violent Human Rights Advocacy Annual International Conference on Human Rights, Conflict Resolution, Non-Violence, and Peace at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Coicaud’s lecture was titled Beyond the Culture of Fear and Insecurity: International Dialogue and Peace in the 21st Century.
Jean-Marc Coicaud serves on the advisory board of Global Policy Journal (London) and is a member of the Carnegie Council Advisory Board of Global Policy Innovations (New York City).
Dr. Coicaud's most recent chapter and article publications include “Crime, Justice, and Legitimacy: A Brief Theoretical Inquiry,” (in Tankebe and Liebling (eds.), Legitimacy and Criminal Justice: An International Exploration, Oxford University Press, 2013); “International Legitimacy and the Building Blocks of the International Rule of Law,” in Charles Sampford and Ramesh Thakur (eds.), Institutional Supports for the International Rule of Law (London, Routledge, 2014); “Nationally Based Data: Challenges for Global Governance (and Global Policy)” (with Ibrahim Tahri) Global Policy Journal (May 2014); and “Towards an Integrated Theory of Rights, Values, and Emotions/Passions in International Politics,” in Japanese Journal of Political Science (Tokyo, Cambridge University Press, Volume 15-4, December 2014).
Currently Dr. Coicaud is working on a book titled International Legitimacy and Global Justice, for which he is under contract with Cambridge University Press.