IdPD: an historic scientific commitment to peace and development

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Published on November 9, 2023 Updated on November 10, 2023

on the November 10, 2023


World Science Day for Peace and Development, celebrated each year on November 10, highlights the role and activities of the Institut de la Paix et du Développement (IdPD) at Université Côte d'Azur.

The mission of the Institut de la Paix et du Développement (IdPD), according to its statutes, is "to define, implement and promote the commitment and contribution of Université Côte d'Azur in the fields of peace, development and their interactions". In so doing, it aims to promote the University's contribution to Sustainable Development Goal 16: "Peace, justice and effective institutions".
The IdPD promotes and supports university training and scientific research on peace and development issues, taking a broad, holistic approach. The aim is to place science at the service of peace and development. At the heart of the IdPD is a multi-disciplinary approach aimed at combining the human and social sciences.

For the University, the Institute for Peace and Development represents a strong and innovative commitment to training and research on peace and development issues.
While the scientific center of gravity of the Institute - created in 1968 as the Institut du droit de la paix et du développement - remains international and European law, IdPD members are attached to several Université Côte d'Azur laboratories:

We regularly collaborate with researchers from other disciplines, in particular to understand marine resource issues at the heart of peace and development.

Two chairs of excellence for peace and development missions

The IdPD's reputation has endured for over fifty years, thanks to a vast network of graduates and a wide range of high-profile activities. The IdPD holds two chairs awarded to Université Côte d'Azur by international organizations.

These chairs enhance and energize the IdPD's activities, both in terms of teaching and research, and in terms of its openness to the outside world.

Scientific research on current issues 

In terms of research, the two Chairs, supported mainly by the Laboratoire de droit international et européen (LADIE), organize several conferences a month, international colloquia and an annual summer school bringing together some 35 researchers and young scholars from 22 European and Canadian universities, on a theme related to peace and/or development issues.
The 2023 edition of the summer school was devoted to non-military coercive measures in international and European law.
The colloquia organized by the two Chairs are the result of the IdPD's strong partnerships in the fields of peace and development.

The scientific themes of the colloquia focus on current issues, such as "Lawfare and the strategic instrumentalization of international law" (October 2023 colloquium). The symposium planned for January 2024 on "Combating conflict-related sexual violence" is organized with the NGO Bibliothèques Sans Frontières and the participation of the United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict.

Renewed courses for peace and development 

These scientific activities feed into those developed in the field of training. The IdPD offers a growing range of training courses, including a Master's degree in "International Law and European Law", with six courses including "Governance and Financing of Development", "International Security, Defense, Economic Intelligence", "Migration Studies" and "Law of the Sea and Maritime Activities", all of which have a clear peace and development dimension.
The IdPD also offers a number of diplomas, including the "International Humanitarian Law" DU, in partnership with the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (Sanremo), and certificates, including one on the European Union and humanitarian crisis management. This academic year sees the opening of a new "Law and Diplomacy Professions" DU, an ambitious course that marks a strong and innovative positioning.
The DU "Droit et métiers de la diplomatie" aims to promote the role of science and academic knowledge in international relations, in line with the "scientific diplomacy" approach to which Université Côte d'Azur is resolutely committed.

The role of science and academic knowledge in international relations

In terms of scientific diplomacy, the IdPD is very active, with its members taking part in a number of the University's structuring initiatives;
  • University delegation to the COP climate conference,
  • Peace and Security" working group within the U7+ alliance, which aims to inform G7 decisions through scientific positions,
  • Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs working group on strategic uses of law.

The work of the Institut de la Paix et du Développement (IdPD), based on science in the service of peace and development, is deployed not only within the Université Côte d'Azur, for the benefit of its students and staff, as well as its territory, but also beyond, by contributing to the dynamics of national or international governance in favor of sustainable peace and development.

Reference websites
Institut de la Paix et du Développement (IdPD)
Chaire UNESCO P2D 
Chaire Jean Monnet
Laboratoire de droit international et européen (LADIE)