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.
University of Geneva Summer School jointly with the UNCTAD-UNIGE Sustainability Research Centre The Business and Sustainability summer course provides insights on how the business sector addresses environmental, human rights or sustainable development issues through corporate social responsibility (CSR). It delves into the interactions between governments, international organizations, civil society and businesses through lectures at University of Geneva and site visits to the United Nations Office in Geneva, UN specialised agencies and companies. Programme Concepts and definitions of CSR; tools for implementation Global issues and business involvement: environment, human rights, finance, labour, global health Sustainability leadership Site visits to companies and to the United Nations What you will learn You will get exposure to the latest global challenges in sustainability and how they are addressed by the business sector and the United Nations through a mix of lectures, case studies and site visits. Evaluation Evaluation and grading will be based on class participation and students’ presentations on the last day of the course.
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.