Sustainable Futures Summer School

Sustainable Futures Summer School

The 2018 programme comprises the following courses (subject to minor modifications and adjustments):
Module 1: Global Environment, Energy and Risk (one week)
Module 2: Economics of Climate Change (one week)
Module 3: Sustainable Futures: Module 1 AND Module 2 (two weeks)

25 - 29 June

  • 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.

2 - 6 July

This multi-disciplinary five-day course provides an in-depth overview of the economics of climate change, and the risks and opportunities they present.
After having covered the basic scientific findings, participants will be presented with the Integrated Assessment Framework, Cost Benefit Analysis and international climate policy analysis. Econometric techniques to measure different socio economic impacts and the implications in terms of governance will also be presented.
Then, adaptation and mitigation strategies will be reviewed and presented. Emphasis is placed on agriculture in the developing world. The module is composed by a mix of lectures, seminars and group work jointly with the UNCTAD-UNIGE Sustainability Research Centre.


  • Climate Change
  • Environmental Risk
  • Environmental Studies

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Internet Law Summer School

June 18 - 29, 2018 (2 weeks)

Study Internet Law in Geneva, where the World Wide Web was born!

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, data protection, 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 (including researchers participating in the Geneva Internet L@w Research Colloquium), practitioners, representatives of global policy makers, international organizations and leading institutions, including the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP).
In the previous years (2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017), the Geneva Internet L@w summer school gathered a group of highly talented participants from very diverse backgrounds and countries, including Argentina, Brazil, China, Egypt, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lithuania, Moldova, Pakistan, Russia, the Netherlands, the UK, the US and Ukraine.
The summer school includes an exciting social programme, with excursions and social gatherings, and affords the fantastic opportunity to 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!

Course Credits
The equivalence of 6 ECTS credits can be obtained (to be validated by the home university) upon submission of a paper.
Students of the summer school will receive a certificate for completing the summer school if they meet the compulsory attendance requirements. Please note that this is not an official University of Geneva transcript, as Geneva Summer Schools courses are not accredited University of Geneva courses. It is the students’ responsibility to validate their course for credit at their home university before commencing the summer school, as specified in our Regulations.

Please note: changes to the draft program may be made at any time prior to the start of the course.

University of Geneva

8-10 Passage Daniel Baud Bovy

Prejudice, discrimination, and the diversity challenge

Prejudice and discrimination are often causes of individuals’ suffering, social inequalities, and human conflicts in contemporary societies. Prejudice and discrimination are pervasive, difficult to counteract, and persisting even in unsuspected contexts and organizations.
This summer school brings together experts and students from different countries to examine the origins and the consequences of prejudice. Where does prejudice come from? How do prejudice and discrimination affect people’s achievements, performances, and well-being? How can institutions reduce prejudice? How do laws prevent prejudice and protect minorities? What are the advantages of the inclusion of minority groups in the labor market?
This summer school will address these questions through lectures from keynote speakers in social psychology.The social social-psychological analysis will be complemented by talks in law and economy, class discussion, and group presentations. It will focus on contemporary cases of prejudice based on various group memberships and stigmatizing attributes, such as race, religion, gender, sexuality, age, social class, disability, and unemployment.
This summer school is a unique opportunity to meet practitioners from different organizations in Geneva and to learn about implemented policies aiming to reduce discriminations and promote diversity in the workplace.
This summer school will introduce participants to:
  • the basic research and theories about stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination from the social, cognitive, and organizational psychological perspectives
  • laws protecting individuals from prejudice and discrimination in the workplace
  • the economic analysis of labor market discrimination
  • strategies and policies to prevent and reduce prejudice in the workplace

University of Geneva

8-10 Passage Daniel Baud Bovy

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