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June 26 - July 7, 2017

Application Deadline: June 19, 2017

Course description

In a globalized world, Global governance is the key concept that allows understanding the mechanisms that perform policy-making and monitoring functions at the global level. In the absence of a world governing body, Geneva is the place where the web of international actors (International Organizations (such as WTO, WHO, Human Rights Council, UNHCR, ITU, ...), NGOs (most large international NGOs have offices in Geneva, such as ICRC, Amnesty International, Greenpeace, WEF, ...) and international private actors (Geneva is a world center for trading and finance) makes global governance mechanisms most visible.

The summer school offers a unique opportunity to learn and discuss about structures, actors and substance of global governance in dialogue with academic experts and practitioners from pertinent international organizations and NGOs based in Geneva.
Next to lectures on the history of globalization, the functioning of international (governmental and non-governmental) organizations and the transformative potential of global power shifts, the emphasis will be on particular thematic fields of global governance such as trade, development, environmental protection and international migration. Lecture and conferences in the different Geneva International Actors seat will alternate during the two weeks.

Learning outcomes:
At the end of this course, participants will have a general understanding of the structural principles of global governance and on some of the cutting-edge issues in global governance. They also will have established a network of contacts with academics and practitioners working in the field. This will allow them to either orient their future studies or refresh and extend existing knowledge.

Participants are evaluated based on a group presentation on the last days of the two-weeks summer school (equivalence of 4 ECTS). Students wanting to acquire 6 ECTS have the opportunity to do so on the basis of a satisfactory take-home paper, to be written within a month after the end of the summer school.

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

Target audience

Upper year undergraduates, graduate students and professionals with an interest in current affairs and global issues. Candidates interested in global governance and migration policy are particularly encouraged to apply.

Tuition Fees

UNIGE students: 500 CHF

Others: 1,600 CHF

Faculty & Staff

Course Director:

Global Studies Institute
Professor, Faculty of Law
University of Geneva

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