Understanding Global Governance

Understanding Global Governance

The summer school offers a unique opportunity to learn and discuss about structures, actors and substance of global governance in dialogue with academic experts and practitioners from pertinent international organizations and NGOs based in Geneva. Next to lectures on the history of globalization, the functioning of international (governmental and non-governmental) organizations and the transformative potential of global power shifts, the emphasis will be on particular thematic fields of global governance such as trade, development, environmental protection and international migration. While all thematic fields will be approached through a combination of academic lectures and structured visits/workshops with pertinent international organizations, a particular focus of the 2016 summer school will be on the chances and challenges of global migration governance. Learning outcomes: At the end of this course, participants will have a general understanding of some of the cutting-edge issues in global governance / international politics and law today and will have established a network of contacts with academics and practitioners working in the field. This will allow them to either orient their future studies or refresh and extend existing knowledge. Evaluation: 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 month after the end of the summer school.

Subjects

  • Global Studies

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International Cultural Heritage Law

June 18 - 29, 2018 (2 weeks)

The summer school is organized by the Art-Law Centre and the UNESCO Chair in the International Law of the Protection of Cultural Heritage of the University of Geneva, in collaboration with the University of Miami School of Law.
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 and the United Nations, 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’, the ‘Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage’, and the ‘Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’.
In order to offer an up-to-date glance at international cultural heritage law, the lecturers will 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.
The summer course includes lectures at the University of Geneva and at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), as well as one field trip to one Swiss UNESCO World Heritage site, either the city of Berne or Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces.

Target Audience
The course welcomes applications from upper-year undergraduates, master’s degree students and PhD candidates in law and all other faculties, including art history, archaeology, sociology and anthropology. Practitioners, non-specialists and art enthusiasts may also apply.

Evaluation
The summer school may earn you the equivalence of 3 ECTS credit points. Evaluation will be based on attendance, class participation and a presentation on the last day of the course.

University of Geneva

8-10 Passage Daniel Baud Bovy

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

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