Switzerland, Geneva

Understanding Global Governance

when 27 June 2016 - 8 July 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 6 ECTS
fee CHF 1900

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.

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

Course leader

Professor Sandra Lavenex
Global Studies Institute
University of Geneva

Contact: globalgovernance@unige.ch

Target group

Upper year undergraduates, graduate students and professionals with an interest in current affairs and global issues. Candidates interested in global governance and migration policy are particularly encouraged to apply.

Course aim

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.

Credits info


Participants are evaluated based on a group presentation on the last days of the two-weeks summer school (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.

Each summer school will indicate its equivalence in ECTS credits in its description. Participants will be provided with a Certificate of Completion of the course if they satisfy attendance and evaluation requirements. It is the participant’s responsibility to verify the validity of the course and validate it at their home university prior to participating in the course.

Fee info

CHF 1900: Deadline: 1 May 2016

Early bird fees (Until March 1, 2016): 1'700 CHF

Tuition fees do not include housing and travel.


A limited number of competitive excellence scholarshis are available.