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.
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.