Understanding Humanitarian Action

Understanding Humanitarian Action

This summer school provides participants with an understanding of the main stakes and questions in humanitarian action and contributes to building critical thinking.

The first week introduces the main concepts of humanitarian aid – including elements that should be considered (or not) when defining humanitarian action – and presents the humanitarian principles and framework in which assistance activities take place. Besides history, law and geopolitics of humanitarian action, we also analyse the context and the characteristics of humanitarian crises and the various types of responses.

Through case studies from contexts such as Philippines, Syria, Haiti or Afghanistan, the main operational challenges faced by international and national organisations will be identified during the second week. Finally, working on a concrete scenario during two days, participants will partially experience the tasks undertaken by humanitarian workers and get the opportunity to practically apply their newly acquired knowledge.
Overall, the three weeks allow participants to capture the complexity and diversity of humanitarian action.

Assessments are based on active participation and an assignment carried out during the two days. Upon successful completion of the course, 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 week after the end of the summer school.

Subjects

  • Humanitarian Action

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WIPO - University of Geneva Summer School on Intellectual Property

The University of Geneva, together with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), will organize a two-weeks WIPO-University of Geneva Summer School on Intellectual Property (June 26 to July 7). The Summer School takes place during the first week (June 26 to June 27) in the premises of the University of Geneva Law School, and during the second week (July 3 to July 7) at the WIPO headquarters. The Summer School is open to approximately 60 senior students (graduate and postgraduate students) and young professionals from any field of study or discipline (from law to economics).

The Summer School offers an invaluable education program in intellectual property (IP). Selected applicants will be notified one week after the registration deadline that shall be made online on the WIPO website (see below 5) except for applicants from the University of Geneva who can apply for a free participation (see tab Application).

The objective of the Summer School is to provide an opportunity for advanced students or young professionals to acquire deeper knowledge of IP, and to gain an appreciation of IP as a tool for economic, social, cultural and technological development and the role WIPO plays in the global administration of IP.

The Summer School program covers all main areas of IP (namely, patent law, trademarks, designs and copyright) through a pragmatic, interactive approach. Lecturers are intellectual property experts at WIPO, the University of Geneva, or other institutions.

See the program of previous editions of the WIPO-Unige Summer School available at: https://www.unige.ch/droit/pi/summer-school/wipo-summer-school/

University of Geneva

8-10 Passage Daniel Baud Bovy

Global Environment, Energy and Risk

Description
  • This course is an intense program on environmental governance, sustainability and energy dynamics across the globe.
  • During this program participants will study new sets of risks associated with these global dynamics of change and energy development by engaging with representatives from key international institutions.
  • The program is taught by faculty from UNIGE and renowned partner universities.
  • Lectures will be held at Geneva-based governmental and non-governmental international organizations ( eg. UN, World Economic Forum, IRCA, WTO, WHO and UNEP etc.).
  • This program delves deep into current international deliberations and their impacts on societies and cities.
  • Students will discover the role, significance and contribution of Geneva to global circuits of change.
  • Equivalence of 6 ECTS credits (45-60 hours of lecture)
Learning outcomes
  • Understanding the interconnectedness of global and local challenges related to environment, energy and risk
  • Overview of key research findings and governance experience
  • Insight into selected research methods and analytical tools
  • Knowledge about how international organisations and local players engage themselves and what drivers and barriers are
  • Experience in interacting with experts and peers from various backgrounds
Training of skills in discussion of complex issues, presentation and written reporting

University of Geneva

8-10 Passage Daniel Baud Bovy

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