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August 28 - September 8, 2017 (2 weeks)

Application Deadline: August 21, 2017

Course description

Joint Summer School between the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute Geneva

In 2017 the first edition of the Summer School “Human rights, gender and alterity” will take place in Geneva. This unique transdisciplinary course is aimed at students and practitioners from all academic backgrounds and will enable participants to critically engage with human rights from a gender and a postcolonial perspective.

The innovative concept combines visits to international organisations in Geneva and meetings with internationally renowned experts working in the area of human rights with an introduction to the academic field of human rights, gender and alterity.

Topics to be covered include: violence against women, human rights and decolonial approaches to justice, freedom and emancipation, the global labour market, the new international division of labour and migration, and discrimination against LGBTQI. These will be addressed using diverse theoretical perspectives including feminist legal theories, gender and post- and decolonial theories, and theoretical approaches to antidiscrimination law.

Students will have the opportunity not only to explore highly topical issues with human rights experts and academics in thematic seminars, but also to actively apply and deepen their knowledge in practical exercises. First, students will participate in a Moot Court simulating an individual communications procedure before the CEDAW Committee and, second, they will present a case study on an example of legislation or legal practice they have chosen.

This Summer School is organised in cooperation with FRI Swiss institute for feminist legal studies and gender law, Service Agenda 21 - Ville durable of the Ville de Genève, Bureau de l'égalité entre femmes et hommes et de prévention des violences domestiques of the République et canton de Genève, Equal Opportunities Office of the University of Geneva and the Festival du Film et Forum International sur les Droits Humains.

Equivalence of 4 ECTS

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Please note: Changes to the draft program may be made at any time prior to the start of the course.


Participants are evaluated on the basis of the participation in a  Moot Court and the individual presentation of a case study. Equivalence of 4 ECTS

Target Audience

This summer school is aimed at students and practitioners from various backgrounds who wish to analyse and reconstruct sources of international human rights instruments from aperspective of social sciences, namely gender and postcolonial studies, thereby exploring new ways of engaging with international law and practice in order to contribute to a society whereequality and absence of discrimination are a reality.

Tuition Fees

Application deadline: August 21st, 2017

Please note that this is the final deadline for this course.

UNIGE and Graduate Institute Geneva students: 500 CHF.
Students will be notified of the result in May.

Others : 1,800 CHF

Faculty & Staff

Course Directors

Prof. Michelle Cottier
Faculty of Law
University of Geneva
Prof. Marylène Lieber
Institute for Gender Studies
University of Geneva 
Dr. Christine Verschuur,
Senior Lecturer
Anthropology and Sociology of Development and Gender Centre
Graduate Institute Geneva 


Programme Coordinator

Ferdinando Miranda
Equal Opportunities Office
University of Geneva

Programme Assistant

Carolina Topini
PhD Student
Institute for Gender Studies
University of Geneva

Student Assistant 

Pauline Westerbarkey
Master in International Affairs
Graduate Institute Geneva
(Main contact)

Scientific Assistant

Adriana Schnyder
PhD Student
Faculty of Law
University of Geneva


Teaching Faculty:

Djemila CARRON, Lecturer, University of Geneva
Vivian FANKHAUSER-FEITKNECHT, Judge at the court of appeal, canton of Lucerne
Maria GALLOTTI, Chief Technical Advisor, International Labour Organization
Maya HERTIG,Professor of Law, University of Geneva
Isabel Christina JARAMILLO SIERRA, Full Professor of Law and Director of the Doctoral Program in Law, Universidad de los Andes
Ratna KAPUR, Professor of Law, Symbiosis School of Law
Yira LAZALA,PhD Student and Women’s Human Rights Advocacy Advisor, IHEID
Karine LEMPEN, Professor of Law, University of Geneva
Eléonore LÉPINARD, Associate Professor, Université de Lausanne
Ferdinando MIRANDA, Gender and LGBTIQ project officer, Equal Opportunities Office, University of Geneva
Gloria MORENO-FONTES CHAMMARTIN, Senior Specialist on Migration Policy, International Labour Organization
Maïmouna NDOYE,Gender Technical Advisor
Lorena PARINI, Associate Professor, University of Geneva
Renato SABBADINI, Executive Director, International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA)
Jyoti Sanghera, Chief of the Asia Pacific
Patricia SCHULZ, Chair of the Working Group on Communications, Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
Camille VALLIER, Lecturer, University of Geneva
Marilène VUILLE, Researcher, University of Geneva and University of Lausanne

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