Dr. Dorota Gierycz holds an MA in law (international public law) and a Ph.D. in political science (international relations) from Warsaw University, Poland. She further studied at the Academy on International Law (The Hague), and Georgetown and Columbia Universities in the USA. During her UN career (1981-2007), she worked at Headquarters both at Vienna and New York, in various fields ranging from gender equality, development, IDPs/refugees and human rights to peacekeeping, peace-making and conflict resolution. She was the first Head of the Gender Analysis Section, established after the 4th UN World Conference on Women (Beijing 1995) and in this capacity she pioneered the work on Women and Peace in the UN Secretariat, building basis for the future resolution 1325. Her other assignments included management, coordination of police reform and police-civilian work (as Acting Head of Civil Affairs, UNMIBH, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2001-2003); work on the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict as a political analyst, adviser and negotiator, also dealing with assistance to internally displaced persons (as Senior Political Adviser to the SRSG, UNOMIG, Sukhumi and Tbilisi, 2003-2004), and protection and promotion of human rights (as Director of the Human Rights and Protection Section, UNMIL, and Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Liberia, 2004-2007). She also gained extensive experience of interagency cooperation and work with UN country teams (including in Georgia, Liberia) and gender equality and mainstreaming. Parallel to her work at the United Nations, Dr. Gierycz continued her academic involvement, inter alia, as a convener of the European Peace University (Schlaining, Austria); lecturer at the University of Vienna, Columbia University (New York), Yale Law School and Watson Institute of International Affairs at Brown University (USA), and the University of Ghana. Since her departure from the UN in the autumn of 2007, she has been working as a senior research fellow at the European Inter-University Center for Human Rights and Democratization (EIUC, Venice) and Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI, Oslo) on the issues of Transitional Justice and Responsibility to Protect. She is currently associated with the Ludwig Boltzman Institute of Human Rights, University of Vienna, Webster University (Vienna) and European Peace University (EPU), Schlaining, Austria. Dr. Gierycz authored numerous publications on the responsibility to protect (R2P), United Nations and gender equality. She is also the author of the book The Mysteries of the Caucasus, which tells the stories of people in Abkhazia and Georgia proper. Her research at the John Jay College will focus on the Rule of Law in the context of UN peace-keeping which is recognized as the weakest point in the ongoing efforts towards post-conflict stability and peace-building.