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Dr James Cockayne
Position(s) Head of Office for the United Nations University, New York
Twitter @James_Cockayne

James Cockayne is a strategist, international lawyer and writer. He focuses on the role of non-state armed groups in the international arena. A visiting lecturer at Columbia University, a Hauser scholar at New York University School of Law, and a University Medallist in government and public administration at the University of Sydney, Mr. Cockayne has worked in public service, academia and the advocacy arena. He was Co-Director of the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation, leading their work in New York and Africa. Earlier, Mr Cockayne served as Principal Legal Officer in the Transnational Crime and Extradition Units in the Australian Attorney-General’s Department; as Chair of the Editorial Committee of the Journal of International Criminal Justice; and also as a civil society member of the multistakeholder group that established an oversight mechanism for the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Providers.  

Mr Cockayne has at various times been a consultant and adviser to the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the World Bank, the Center on Humanitarian Dialogue, International Alert, the Norwegian Peacebuilding Forum, the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum, and the Global Leadership Forum.

His books include Dark Strategy: How Criminal Groups Make, Keep and Lose Political Power (Hurst/OUP, forthcoming 2014); Peace Operations and Organized Crime: Enemies or Allies? (Routledge, 2011), edited with Adam Lupel; and Beyond Market Forces: Regulating the Global Security Industry (IPI, 2009).

Mr Cockayne has published more than fifty peer reviewed book chapters and journal articles, and twenty policy papers, relating to international law, human rights, peace operations, terrorism, organized crime, and private security companies.