Geneva Summer Schools 2022

Geneva Summer Schools 2022

30.05.2022 – 26.08.2022

Why apply to Geneva Summer Schools:
Geneva is…
• The world capital of multilateral diplomacy with 20+ IOs and 500+ NGOs (UN, UNHCR, WTO, ICRC)
• A dynamic multicultural and international city at the heart of Europe
• The best place to spend your summer (lake, Swiss Alps, free open air festivals, etc.)
What we offer...
• Short courses with possibility of credit transfer to your home university
• Faculty from the best universities worldwide and excellence in higher education and research
• Assistance with accommodation and visa
• Unique network opportunities between academics and professionals
• Global perspective on interdisciplinary subjects (i.e. Global Health, Human Rights, International Law, Sustainability)
• Real experience beyond classrooms, visits and round tables with experts of leading IO and NGO



Organisé par

Rectorat et administration centrale
Relations internationales

entrée payante, 200.00 francs (inscription requise)


Date limite d'inscription: 15.04.2022

Prix très avantageux pour les étudiants réguliers de l'UNIGE. Dès 200 CHF pour 1 semaine, 250 CHF pour 2 semaines de cours.

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30.05.2022 – 10.06.2022

Geneva has long been one of the world’s capitals of international law and the headquarters of international institutions dedicated to human rights. This inspiring context naturally has led to one of the core strengths of the University of Geneva to be within the domain of international human rights laws and policies. The Summer School ‘Children at the Heart of Human Rights’ is a unique opportunity for students and young professionals to engage with leading experts in a dynamic scientific interdisciplinary environment. It is the perfect academic and professional preparation experience for those students interested in children’s rights and international human rights organizations. The course is shaped to bring out the best of current issues in the international debate on children’s rights studies and policies. It will examine these issues with an interdisciplinary perspective and investigate different international legal instruments such as the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and other human rights treaties and standard-setting instruments. This programme is characterized by a deep dive into the following : the interplay between theory and practice in the field of children's rights, the international perspective promoted by the lecturers from different regions of the world The blending of all these features will favour a vibrant, challenging and fruitful interactive learning atmosphere. Course credits: Equivalence of 4 ECTS

30.05.2022 – 03.06.2022

UNESCO defines global citizenship as a “sense of belonging to a broader community and common humanity”. Global citizenship education, in this context, concerns learning to recognize and respect multiple levels of identity and collective identity that transcend individual cultural, religious, ethnic and other differences. The strength of Global Citizenship Education comes from the fact that it takes a long-term, root cause approach to the social problems we are experiencing today. This is why this concept has been integrated into the Education-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At the same time, this notion has been criticized for its conceptual fuzziness and for embodying Western, privileged perspectives. The program is designed for Master/PhD students, advanced researchers, and practitioners interested in thinking more critically about issues of Global Citizenship Education and global competencies. The program will prepare participants for research and action and will include meetings and discussions with professionals from a wide range of academic institutions and international organizations in Geneva and internationally. The program will promote interdisciplinary cooperation both in research and in teaching and will bring together scholars, experts and students from around the world. With its strong emphasis on theory, research and practice, the program will serve as an excellent preparation for professionals interested in further research or careers in international education. Upon successful completion of the program, 3 ECTS credits and a Certificate will be provided. Programme Objectives: Understand the history and theoretical foundations of Global Citizenship Education; Develop the ability to create institutional projects in the area of Global Citizenship; Gain the skills and knowledge necessary to set up research projects on Global Citizenship; Prepare for a critical analysis of pedagogical projects in international, national and local contexts aiming to promote Global Citizenship Education. Target Audience: Taught in English, the program is open to 20 – 25 highly qualified participants in the field of education studies, psychology, public policy, government affairs, or international relations. Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree in the field of education, psychology, social sciences or a related discipline. Motivated candidates without a bachelor’s degree may also apply.


WHO IS THE COURSE FOR? Bachelor and Masters students, as well as professionals from all walks of life who are interested in global health, drugs, governance and human rights. CONTENT The summer school will address a number of important questions at the heart of international drug policy discussions today. The course will include lectures, case studies, mock debates, group work and more. Each day of the week will be organised around a specific theme and follow the pattern of 1) exploring the historical, sociological and policy perspectives of the particular issue; 2) examining what the current human rights, health and social challenges are; and 3) searching for what global policy and governance set-ups may constitute improved ways of working/solutions for the future. Human rights, governance and health will constitute cross-cutting themes, that will be addressed as and where relevant to each of the sessions of the week. The suggested structure is as follows: Day 1: Global health, global health and the international drug control system (with a particular focus on scheduling of illicit substances and the consequences of prohibition; as well as an overview of the epidemiology of drug use around the world) Day 2: Challenges of access to essential medicines (including pain control); and the opiates overdose epidemic in the US and Canada Day 3: Cannabis regulation models Day 4: Tobacco markets and powers Day 5: Searching for the best global governance scenarios OBJECTIVES of the COURSE The main objectives of the Summer School are for students to: acquire a strong understanding of the major health and human rights issues related to drug use and drug policy; become familiar with and gain insight into the functioning and implications of international drug control regime and its intersection with public health and human rights ; understand the historical, sociological and policy perspective of three major present day drug issues: opiates overdose epidemics; cannabis and tobacco. understand the power dynamics of how various substances are dealt with in our societies; and explore solutions for better governance. TEACHING The multidisciplinary Summer School will be taught in English by a variety of academic experts in their respective fields. VENUE The classes will take place at the Graduate Institute/Campus Biotech/other location. EVALUATION Students will be required to give a 15 minutes group presentation on the last day of the course, on a topic that will be decided upon on the first day of the course; and which will no doubt focus on looking into what requirements and conditions may be required for a specific drug policy to be put in place; not just what would be the components of such a policy, but what steps would be needed to get there; and what role each of the relevant stakeholders could play, both at the national/community and international levels. COURSE CREDITS By taking this summer school course, may earn you the equivalent of 3 ECTS credit points. Evaluation will be based on attendance, class participation and a presentation on the last day of the course.

20.06.2022 – 24.06.2022

Prejudice and discrimination are often causes of individuals’ suffering, social inequalities, and human conflicts in contemporary societies. Prejudice and discrimination are pervasive, difficult to counteract, and persisting even in unsuspected contexts and organizations. This summer school brings together experts and students from different countries to examine the origins and the consequences of prejudice. Where does prejudice come from? How do prejudice and discrimination affect people’s achievements, performances, and well-being? How can institutions reduce prejudice? How do laws prevent prejudice and protect minorities? What are the advantages of the inclusion of minority groups in the labor market? This summer school will address these questions through lectures from keynote speakers in social psychology. This social-psychological analysis will be complemented by talks from other disciplines such as economy, law, social work, gender studies etc. Teaching methods include individual readings, class discussion, group exercises, and presentations. It will focus on contemporary cases of prejudice based on various group memberships and stigmatizing attributes, such ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, social class, disability, and unemployment. This summer school is a unique opportunity to meet practitioners from different organizations in Geneva and to learn about implemented policies aiming to reduce discriminations and promote diversity in the workplace. At the end of this summer school, the participants will be able to: Define the basic concepts and theories about stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination, and diversity from the perspectives of different disciplines (social psychology as well as economy, law, social work, gender studies etc). Use this theoretical framework to critically analyze societal and social phenomenon involving ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, social class, disability, and unemployment etc Identify policies to prevent and reduce prejudice and discrimination in different settings (the workplace, university) and assess potential transfer of these policies to their own context Prepare and deliver a presentation about a specific form of stereotyping, prejudice, or discrimination taking into their own cultural, professional, and educational background. This Summer School is organized in collaboration with Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences (University of Geneva) and Equal Opportunities Office (University of Geneva). This course is designed for: Practitioners Bachelor, Master, PhD students and advanced researchers from various backgrounds

20.06.2022 – 01.07.2022

Topics that will be covered include cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, big data, digital privacy and online surveillance, free speech, consumer protection, legal issues of social media, Internet and telecom infrastructure, data protection, intellectual property, antitrust, and much more... This is a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the framework of a Digital law clinic and to discuss cutting edge Digital law and policy issues with academics (including researchers participating in the Digital Law Research Colloquium), practitioners, representatives of global policy makers, international organizations and leading institutions, including the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP). In the previous years (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021), the Digital Law Summer School (formerly Internet Law Summer School) gathered a group of highly talented participants from very diverse backgrounds and countries, including Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Chile, China, Egypt, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lithuania, Moldova, Pakistan, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, the Netherlands, the UK, the US and Ukraine. The summer school includes an exciting programme and affords the fantastic opportunity to build a global network of new friends as well as of Digital law and policy experts. A video testimony of participants to the 2014 edition is available here! We look forward to welcoming a new batch of participants in 2022!

27.06.2022 – 15.07.2022

Geneva has long been one of the world’s capitals of international law. The presence of the United Nations, the World Trade Organization and many other international organizations and NGOs make it a buzzing place in the field. This breeding ground naturally led to the focus and strength of the University of Geneva in international law. This summer course provides one of the easiest ways to have access to that world. This course is made for students who are intrigued by international law or marvel at its day-to-day interactions with international politics, affairs and business. This is the opportunity for such students to get a crash course to introduce them to this fast moving, intellectually thrilling and profoundly humane field of the law. The course is shaped so as to bring out the best of current issues in international law, while remaining accessible to non-specialists and seeking to broach the main principles of “International Law 101”, so as to allow enthusiasts to go further. At the end of this course, participants will have a general understanding of some of the cutting-edge issues in international law today. This will allow them to either orient their future studies or refresh and extend existing knowledge.

27.06.2022 – 08.07.2022

Boost your sustainability career skillset with a 10-days intensive experience into becoming a more resilient and effective agent of sustainable transition. We train both the hard and soft skills equipping you with tools and mythologies to consciously navigate and master local as well as national and international dynamics of change. With the your new readings of sustainability goals and elements of change you will be able to clearly define your vision and goals while engaging others in your vision. This workshop will help you build your tool-kit at three levels by combining: A solid exploration of effective response mechanisms to change and needed policy frameworks, A practical perspective based on ongoing projects and best practices in Switzerland and beyond, A deeper dive into the self-leadership skills necessary to aspire and engage your community. You will Learn cutting-edge solutions for designing, implementing and monitoring sustainability transitions at the Local, National and International Level. You will Boost your expertise into the role of infrastructures (Grey and Green Infrastructures ) and new strategies such as Nature-Based Solutions to meet sustainability goals while reinforcing societal and systemic resilience. You will Transform data into a dynamic changemaking tool. By improving or bootstrapping your sustainability data management skills from collection to disclosure. You will Powerfully manage multiple interactions between various stakeholders (Municipalities and local governments, National governments, International Organisations) in developing new solutions within a 2022 Post-Pandemic Recovery Scenario. Finally, you will Enhance your inner leadership, alignment to your own purpose and capacity for transformative communication. So that you can bring to life unique visions that fit the impact you want to have in this field. Enjoy focused knowledge packages provided by guest experts from UN and non UN International Organisations, State and City of Geneva Network with International Organisations, professionals and experts.

27.06.2022 – 01.07.2022

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Has ever been a more critical moment to effectively engage lay audiences with science and technology? This course is meant to bring awareness and perspectives towards the shifting paradigms related to the global events that we are living in. We want to provide an exhausting overview of the pillars that we believe ought be the foundation of a correct and meaningful science communication. Join us for a course given by some of the maximum experts in the field of science communication! MODULE 1 – Build an online community to foster science education Speakers: • Alice Hazelton - World Economic Forum. Science and Society Program Lead. • Dr. Agueda Gras-Velazquez - European Schoolnet. Science Programme Manager / Head of the Science Education Department. Thematics: • Curating dialogues for impact • Fact-based decisions • Democratising science-education MODULE 2 – Navigating fake news and alternative facts Speakers: • Prof. Massimo Polidoro - C.I.C.A.P. (Italian Committee for the Investigation of Claims of the Pseudosciences), Co-founder and General Secretary, Author, Lecturer, Social media and TV broadcaster. • Dr. Roberta Villa - Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. Subject matter expert, Social media and general media broadcaster. • Prof. Stephan Lewandowsky - University of Bristol. Chair in Cognitive Psychology. Expert in the persistence of misinformation in society, and how myths and misinformation can spread. Thematics: • Investigating pseudoscience • Psychology and Fake news • Social media and Public discussion MODULE 3 – Risk communication and community engagement Speakers: • Dr. Margaret Harris - World Health Organization. Public Health Doctor, WHO/OMS spokesperson • Prof. Iain Stewart - University of Plymouth, Royal Scientific Society in Jordan UNESCO Chair in Geoscience and Society, Professor, Mainstream television broadcaster. Thematics: • Risk management communication • Crisis communication • Public engagement MODULE 4 – Science communication writing Speakers: • Prof. Laura Bowater - University of East Anglia. Chair in Microbiology Education and Engagement and Associate Dean for Enterprise and Engagement. • Prof. Carl Zimmer - New York Times and Yale University. Scientific Journalist, Book writer, Blogger, Speaker and Media broadcaster. • Prof. Deborah Blum - Knight Science Journalism Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Director of the Knight Science Journalism Program and Founder and Editor-in-chief of the Undark Online Magazine. Scientific journalist and Book writer. Thematics: • Writing for a lay-audience • Science news coverage • Editorial independency

04.07.2022 – 08.07.2022

Do you already know how you are going to change the world? This virtual team and project-based experience will help you develop the right mindset and skills needed to imagine the future of global governance. Based at the heart of international Geneva, and drawing on a large community of innovation experts, our ambition is to create leaders and teams who imagine and build the future of global governance with foresight across multiple innovation horizons. Why foresight, innovation and technology? Foresight is about futuring and trend finding. It is also about having a view of the future: a vision of knowing what the future could hold and why. An increasing number of international organizations develop innovative bottom-up practices to find disruptive solutions to global issues such as international migration, humanitarian aid, and global health. They apply foresight to identify weak signals and capitalize on the opportunities they portend, as well as prepare contingency plans for adverse scenarios. They do so with digital technologies and the participation of a number of stakeholders with different views and perspectives. Target Audience: This summer school is tailored towards undergraduate, graduate and PhD students from all around the world who want to learn more from - and network with - foresight, innovation and digital technology experts in international Geneva. Course credits: The equivalent of 3 ECTS credits can be obtained (to be validated by the home university) upon submission of a paper.

04.07.2022 – 15.07.2022

This summer school is organized by the Art-Law Centre and the UNESCO Chair in the International Law of the Protection of Cultural Heritage of the University of Geneva. The summer school aims to develop the students’ awareness and general understanding of the main substantive themes of international cultural heritage law, namely: the trade in cultural objects; the restitution of stolen or looted artworks; the protection of cultural property in the event of armed conflict. The lecturers will examine the legal instruments adopted by UNESCO and other international organizations, such as the ‘Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict’, the ‘Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property’, and the ‘Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage’. In order to offer an up-to-date glance at international cultural heritage law, the lecturers will describe its complex relationship with other fields of law – namely general international law and human rights law – and with the issue of dispute settlement. Moreover, the lecturers will provide an overview of the different ideological positions of the relevant stakeholders and of the risks and liabilities in the art trade. Target Audience The course welcomes applications from upper-year undergraduates, master’s degree students and PhD candidates in law and all other faculties, including art history, archaeology, sociology and anthropology. Practitioners, non-specialists and art enthusiasts may also apply. Course Credits Equivalence of 3 ECTS. Students will be provided with a Certificate of Completion for their course if they satisfy attendance. Please note that this is not an official University of Geneva transcript, as Geneva Summer Schools courses are not accredited University of Geneva courses. It is the students’ responsibility to validate their course for credit at their home university before commencing the summer school, as specified in our Regulations.


Course description: In September 2015, world leaders committed to 17 Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs. Over the following 15 years, governments are striving to achieve goals such as ending extreme poverty, fighting inequality, and tackling climate change. But to achieve these goals, we also need to enable today’s youth to play an active and meaningful role. The SDG Summer School was launched in 2016, as part of the Geneva Tsinghua Initiative (GTI) and during the Covid-19 pandemic it has evolved into a hybrid online/in-person event, focused on “Open Source Health Solutions”, in collaboration with a number of academic institutions and international organizations, in particular the Institute of Global Health (Institut de Santé Globale, ISG) at UNIGE and the World Health Organization (WHO). The main distinguishing features of the SDG Summer School are: •A one-month hybrid format (local teams, global coaching) •Challenge-based innovation by multidisciplinary teams of students •Challenges proposed by partner organizations (ISG, Global Fund, WHO…) •A methodological focus on open science (open source, open data…) • An emphasis on rapid prototyping of solutions (hardware, software …) • An evaluation through weekly pitching sessions and project documentation A significant feature of the SDG Summer Schools is the curating of projects that are of real importance to International Organizations, and the recruitment of relevant mentors from those organizations to provide regular and qualified feedback to student teams, so that they can progress rapidly towards a functional prototype of their solution during the summer school. High-school, Undergraduate and Master Students who apply to the SDG Summer School will be organized in teams based on their declared project preference and the complimentary skills and abilities that they bring to the team. Teams involve 2-4 students and will be spread over 5 sites globally, including University of Geneva and Tsinghua University.

22.08.2022 – 26.08.2022

COURSE DESCRIPTION Following the success of the University of Geneva Terra Submersa expedition in 2014, the summer school offers an intensive course on a new, multidisciplinary scientific field: Continental Shelf Prehistoric Research (CSPR). The course aims at educating postgraduate students and young scientists to move across the boundaries of marine geosciences and archaeology, in order to shed light on the interaction between our ancestors with the dynamically changing environment.Practically, the summer school will take place in Porto Cheli (Greece), and include field trips to the prehistoric site of Franchthi Cave and surrounding area. Its objective is to give the opportunity for young archaeologists and geoscientists to: Learn about marine geophysical (multibeam, side scan sonar, sub bottom profiler), marine geological methodologies as well as data acquisition, post-processing and interpretation Understand paleoclimate and sea-level changes and their interaction with isostatic and tectonic vertical movements Link climate, sea level and environmental changes to the archaeology of people who lived on and migrated across the continental shelf Familiarize with key themes in coastal prehistory