KPSRL lecture by Mary Kaldor on Second Generation Human Security

KPSClogoAs a KPSRL member, I have been invited to attend the following lecture organized by the Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law (KPSRL); the following text is taken and adopted from (earlier online version).

Public Lecture: Mary Kaldor on “Second Generation Human Security”

Organized by: Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law
Location and time: IDLO headquarters at Hofweg 9-E, 2511 The Hague, the Netherlands.  18 January 2018, 1.00 – 3.00 pm
This lecture was called off and postponed to a later date, as both the invited lecturer and many of the invited attendees were unable to arrive in time or at all due to the disruptions and damage inflicted by the day’s storm on the public transportation and highway system across the Netherlands on January 18th 2018.  Fortunately, the lecture eventually took place at the planned location and time on February 27th 2018 (see I was able to attend the delayed lecture.


marykaldorMary Kaldor is a Professor of Global Governance and Director of the Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit in the LSE Department of International Development. Professor Kaldor also directs the unit’s largest research project, the Conflict Research Programme (CRP), an international DFID-funded partnership investigating public authority, through a theoretical lens of the political marketplace and the concept of civicness, across a range of countries in Africa and the Middle East.

Professor Kaldor is highly regarded for her innovative work on democratisation, conflict, and globalisation. She was a founding member of European Nuclear Disarmament (END), a founder and Co-Chair of the Helsinki Citizen’s Assembly and a member of the International Independent Commission to investigate the Kosovo Crisis, established by the Swedish Prime Minister.

Professor Kaldor pioneered the concept of new wars and global civil society and her work on the practical implementation of human security has directly influenced European and national politics. Her books include: The Baroque Arsenal, New and Old Wars: Organised Violence in a Global Era, Global Civil Society: An Answer to War and Human Security: Reflections on Globalization and Intervention. She is also the editor and co-author of the annual Global Civil Society Yearbook. Her most recent book International Law and New Wars, co-authored with Professor Christine Chinkin, was published in May 2017. At the request of Javier Solana, she was Convener for the Study Group on European Security Capabilities, which produced the influential Barcelona report, ‘A Human Security Doctrine for Europe’.

Professor Kaldor has been awarded Honorary Professorships at the University of Sussex and Corvinus University, Budapest, and holds the 2015 Ludvig Quidde Award for academic achievement in the field of peace.

In 2003, Professor Kaldor’s work was recognised with the receipt of Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for ‘services to democracy and global governance’.