Adam Day is Head of Programmes at the United Nations University Centre for Policy Research in New York. Prior to UNU, he served for a decade in the UN, focused on peace operations, political engagement in conflict settings, mediation and protection of civilians. He served as Senior Political Adviser to MONUSCO (DRC), 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.
Prior to the UN, Mr Day worked in Human Rights Watch’s Justice Program, for the Open Society Justice Initiative in Cambodia, and supported the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. An attorney and former member of the New York Bar Association, 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.
Mr Day holds a Juris Doctor from UC 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 has several publications in the areas of international criminal law, head of state immunity for international crimes, and rule of law in post-conflict settings. He is married and has two children.