Adam Day

Director of Programmes

Adam Day is Director of Programmes at United Nations University Centre for Policy Research in New York, having joined United Nations University in Tokyo in January 2017. In this role, he oversees current research projects and the development of new programmes.

Prior to UNU, Mr Day served for a decade in the UN, focusing on peace operations, political engagement in conflict settings, mediation and protection of civilians. He served as Senior Political Adviser to MONUSCO (the Democratic Republic of the Congo), in the UN Special Coordinator’s Office for Lebanon, in the front offices of both UNMIS (Khartoum) and UNAMID (Darfur), and was a political officer in both the Department of Political Affairs and the Department of Peacekeeping Operations in New York. Mr Day also has substantial civil society experience, working in Human Rights Watch’s Justice Program and for the Open Society Justice Initiative in Cambodia.

Mr Day was an international litigator in New York, where he also worked pro bono for the Center for Constitutional Rights on behalf of Guantanamo detainees in their suits against former US officials for torture. He also supported the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague.

He has written several publications in the areas of international criminal law, head of state immunity for international crimes, and rule of law in post-conflict settings. Most recently, these include:

- When Dictators Fall: Preventing Conflict During Transitions from Authoritarian Rule

-Hybrid Conflict, Hybrid Peace: How Militias and Paramilitary Groups Shape Post-conflict Transitions

- Conflict Prevention in an Era of Climate Change: Adapting the UN to Climate-Security Risks

- UN Transitions: Improving Security Council Practice in Mission Settings

He has recently published op-eds in The Washington Post, International Policy Digest, The Diplomat, Global Observatory, Japan Times, The Conversation, and The Hill, among others. His recent academic publications include articles in Stability Journal, Global Governance, and Ethics & International Affairs.

Mr Day holds a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, a Master's in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a Master's in Comparative Literature from Brown University. He is a PhD candidate at King’s College London, War Studies Department.