Cet événement appartient à: Geneva Summer Schools 2022 (30.05.2022 – 26.08.2022)
Global Health, Drugs, Policy and Power

Global Health, Drugs, Policy and Power



Bachelor and Masters students, as well as professionals from all walks of life who are interested in global health, drugs, governance and human rights.


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


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.


The multidisciplinary Summer School will be taught in English by a variety of academic experts in their respective fields.


The classes will take place at the Graduate Institute/Campus Biotech/other location.


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.


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.


Bâtiment: CMU

Organisé par

Rectorat et administration centrale
Relations internationales
Institut de santé globale


Barbara Broers, Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva
Jennifer Hasselgard-Rowe, Senior Lecturer, Institute for Global Health

entrée payante, 200.00 francs (inscription requise)


Catégorie: Formation

Mots clés: Global Health, Human Rights, drugs policy


Date limite d'inscription: 15.04.2022

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