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 27 to July 8). The Summer School takes place during the first week (June 27 to July 1) at the WIPO headquarters, and during the second week (July 4 to July 8) at Unimail, in the premises of the University of Geneva Law School. The Summer School is open to 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 the whole area of intellectual property (IP). Selected applicants will be notified one week after registration deadline. 1. Summer School Objectives 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. 2. Program 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. 3. Elibility Requirements Participation is not limited to law students. Students in other fields are also encouraged to apply. Proficiency in English is required. All applicants are required to have successfully completed the WIPO distance learning General Course on Intellectual Property (DL-101) before the registration deadline. Please note that priority will be given to those who have completed the said course in the selection of participants. Participants are responsible for their own travel to and from Geneva, accommodation and living expenses during their participation of the program.
The summer school aims to develop the students’ awareness and general understanding of the main substantive themes of international cultural heritage law, namely: the trade in cultural objects; the restitution of stolen or looted artworks; the protection of cultural property in the event of armed conflict; the protection of the built heritage from natural and human-induced disasters; the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage and of the diversity of cultural expressions. The lecturers will examine the legal instruments adopted by UNESCO, such as the ‘Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict’, the ‘Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property’ and the ‘Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage’. In order to offer an up-to-date glance at international cultural heritage law, the lecturers will also describe its complex relationship with other fields of law – namely general international law, human rights law, and intellectual property law – and with the issue of dispute settlement. Moreover, the lecturers will provide an overview of the different ideological positions of the relevant stakeholders and of the risks and liabilities in the art trade. Finally, the summer school will bring out the challenges to cultural heritage that emanate from new threats. To name but a few: reduced protection of sites and monuments due to lack of public money and political support; natural catastrophes; increasing exploitation of cultural resources by organized criminal organizations; art forgeries; and damage to cultural sites caused by human activities. The summer course includes lectures at the University of Geneva and at WIPO, as well as two field trips to two UNESCO World Heritage sites, namely Berne and Lavaux.
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COURSE DESCRIPTION Geneva has long been one of the world’s capitals of international law and the headquarters of international institutions dedicated to human rights. This inspiring context naturally has led to one of the core strengths of the University of Geneva to be within the domain of international human rights laws and policies. The Summer School ‘Children at the Heart of Human Rights’ is a unique opportunity for students and young professionals to engage with leading experts in a dynamic scientific interdisciplinary environment. It is the perfect academic and professional preparation experience for those students interested in children’s rights and international human rights organizations. The course is shaped to bring out the best of current issues in the international debate on children’s rights studies and policies. It will examine these issues with an interdisciplinary perspective and investigate different international legal instruments such as the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and other human rights treaties and standard-setting instruments. This programme is characterized by a deep dive into the following : the interplay between theory and practice in the field of children's rights, the international perspective promoted by the lecturers from different regions of the world, field visits to several UN Agencies, international humanitarian organisations and NGOs, located in Geneva The blending of all these features will favour a vibrant, challenging and fruitful interactive learning atmosphere. 4 ECTS. Please note: Changes to the draft program may be made at any time prior to the start of the course.