Jacques Fomerand had a lengthy career with the United Nations Department of Economic Affairs. When he retired in 2003, he was director of the North-American United Nations University Office in New York. Since then he has taught in the UN Program at Occidental College, Los Angeles. He also teaches at New York University and John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. He has published widely on international relations, international organization, human rights, North-South relations and human security.