Université Côte d'Azur is granted a Unesco chair "Peace and development via the law"

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Published on July 25, 2022 Updated on July 25, 2022

on the June 8, 2022


The chair was awarded for a period of four years to Jean-Christophe Martin, professor of public law and director of the Institute for Peace and Development (IdPD) of Université Côte d'Azur. The purpose of the chair is to promote international law and revitalize studies in issues relating to peace, development and their interactions.

Peace and development are universal values enshrined in the primary purposes of the United Nations Charter of San Francisco and also, as regards peace, in UNESCO’s Constitution. International law is one of the main tools for achieving these goals, and the UNESCO Chair "Peace and Development via the Law" (P2D) aims first and foremost to promote and revitalize studies in issues relating to peace, development and their interactions.

Because of the mission entrusted to them, universities are called to play a major role in implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The role of the Institute for Peace and Development (IdPD) hosting this UNESCO Chair is to respond to this challenge and especially to address SDG 16 ("Peace, justice and strong institutions"). The IdPD is a historical component of the university. It cooperates with globally recognized organizations and has contributed strongly to the university’s international outreach. Spurred by the Jean Monnet Chairs awarded by the European Union, the IdPD promotes a multidisciplinary perspective and local, national and international partnerships.

Within this perspective, the UNESCO P2D Chair is based on an international network formed around a group of core partners that include the State University of Moldova, the Federal University of Minais Gerais (Belo Horizonte, Brazil), the University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy), the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (Sanremo, Italy) and the University of Sousse (Tunisia). 
It will also collaborate with other UNESCO Chairs within the framework of UNESCO's UNITWIN program, starting with the UNESCO Chair in Ethics of the Living and the Artificial (EVA) led by Vanessa Nurock of Université Côte d'Azur. 

In the short term, the activities planned as part of the P2D Chair are designed to meet four main objectives: 
• Promote international law in critical times.
• Revitalize the study of international laws that contribute to peace and development.
• With the IdPD, develop a model for the contribution of universities to SDG 16. 
• Strengthen teaching and research partnerships with countries at different stages of development and faced with different challenges.


As a specialized agency of the United Nations, UNESCO's purpose is “to contribute to peace and security by promoting collaboration among the nations through education, science and culture, in order to further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world” (Constitution, 1945, art. 1). 


A UNESCO Chair is "a project and a team in a university or a higher education institution that partners with UNESCO in order to advance knowledge and practice in an area that is a priority for both the institution and UNESCO."