Is the UN fit for purpose? The challenge of uniting nations in divisive times

Date & time

12.30–1.30pm Monday 30 July 2018


Law Link Theatre

ANU College of Law, 5 Fellows Road, The Australian National University


David Malone, Rector of the United Nations University


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Nicole Harman

Presented by the United Nations Association of Australia Academic Network, with the Centre for International & Public Law

In conversation
David Malone

In this Distinguished Visitor Public Conversation, David Malone, Rector of the United Nations University and renowned United Nations practitioner and analyst, will share his insights on the strengths and weaknesses of the UN system and the many challenges it currently faces, including maintaining international peace and security, reinforcing the Rules-based International Order, and promoting the Sustainable Development Goals.


  • David Malone »

    David Malone is a leading global expert on the United Nations and its Security Council. Among his many previous distinguished appointments, Dr Malone was President of Canada’s International Development Research Centre, a funding agency supporting policy-relevant research in the developing world (2008–13); Canada’s High Commissioner to India and non-resident Ambassador to Bhutan and Nepal (2006–08); President of the International Peace Academy (now International Peace Institute), a New York-based independent research and policy development institution (1998–2004); Director General of the Policy, International Organizations and Global Issues Bureaus within Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT, 1994–98); and Canada’s Representative to the UN Economic and Social Council and Ambassador to the United Nations (1990–94). 

    Dr Malone has held research posts at the Brookings Institution, the University of Toronto, and Carleton University. He has been a Guest Scholar and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, and an Adjunct Professor at the New York University School of Law, where he is currently a Senior Fellow. He holds an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a DPhil in International Relations from Oxford University. Dr Malone has published extensively. His latest books are The UN Security Council in the 21st Century (co-editor; 2015, Lynne Rienner Publishers) and the second edition of Law and Practice of the United Nations (co-authored graduate textbook; 2016; Oxford University Press).

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