Does welfare spending reduce poverty? Does the minimum wage destroy jobs? Does trade liberalisation increase inequality? Does development aid really help poor countries? Do longer sentences reduce crime? Policy makers around the globe are confronted with these questions on a daily basis and effective policy interventions can only be designed with good answers. Measuring and understanding the effect of policies is now more important than ever in any field, from development to labour, from finance to education and beyond. The Geneva Summer School in “Evaluating Policy Interventions” offers students a comprehensive understanding of the most advanced techniques of policy evaluation through a powerful combination of theoretical classes and applied examples. The faculty is a mix of internationally renowned academics and policy analysts working in the most influential international organisations and public administrations from around the globe. Moreover, the course is open to both Master and PhD students from Universities and Research Institutions as well as to the staff of international organisations. The mix of academics and practitioners on both sides, i.e. teaching faculty and audience, is intended to mutually learn from each other and facilitate the networking between both sides. EVALUATION The students will be evaluated on the basis of small groups projects of 4-6 students under the supervision of the course director and instructors. The results will be presented as a small homework and in class presentations.
In September 2015, world leaders committed to 17 Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs) that over the next 15 years should help end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change, amongst other things. This effort will only be successful if all stakeholders - be they governments or non-governmental organizations, public or private enterprises, civil society - have adequate information about the progress being made towards each of the goals. The ”Crowdsourcing Sustainable Development” Summer School is a weeklong school that brings together students from China, Geneva, and from across the globe, to help tackle the Goals with Crowdsourcing solutions. Geneva and its multitude of international organizations offer a unique space for understanding the different dimensions involved in this truly global effort - and provide an exceptional diversity of speakers and educators from a wide range of contexts. By combining lectures and seminars with workshops, site visits, and other fully immersive interactions, the school’s programme aims at giving students direct exposure to the key pieces of the SDGs puzzle - whilst challenging them to experiment with concrete and innovative solutions to involve citizens (“the crowd”) in monitoring and tackling some aspects of the Goals at the local, regional or global level. After a general introduction to the SDGs and their history and context, student will hear about some of the existing efforts initiated by UniGe – before being introduced to the global dimension by key actors from International Organizations. The programme will then change gear and make students the problem solver – by introducing them to Citizen Science and the different Crowdsourcing methodologies and tools (including volunteer thinking, volunteer sensing and volunteer computing). After experiencing first hand some of the existing projects, workshops, brainstorms and a final hackathon will encourage new thinking and inspire context-sensitive action and solutions.
Topics that will be covered include cybersecurity, digital privacy and online surveillance, free speech, consumer protection, legal issues of social media, dangers of cloud computing, Internet and telecom infrastructure, intellectual property, antitrust, and much more... This is a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the framework of an Internet law clinic and to discuss cutting edge Internet law and policy issues with academics, practitioners, representatives of global policy makers, international organizations and leading institutions, including the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). For its first and second sessions (in June 2014 and 2015), the Internet l@w summer school welcomed participants from very diverse background and countries including Argentina, China, Egypt, Germany, India, Italy, Lithuania, Ukraine and the US. Discover an international city in the heart of Europe. Participate in an exciting social programme, including excursions and social gatherings, and build a global network of new friends as well as of Internet law and policy experts. A video testimony of participants to the 2014 edition is available here! Equivalence of 6 ECTS credits. Please note: Changes to the draft program may be made at any time prior to the start of the course.