Switzerland, Geneva

Understanding Global Governance

when 26 June 2017 - 7 July 2017
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee CHF 1600

In a globalized world, Global governance is the key concept to allows understanding the mechanisms that perform policy-making and monitoring functions at the global level. In the absence of a world governing body, Geneva is the place where the web of international actors (International Organizations (such as WTO, WHO, Human Rights Council, UNHCR, ITU, ...), NGO (most large international NGO have offices in Geneva, such as ICRC, Amnesty International, Greenpeace, WEF, ...) and international private actors (Geneva is a world center for trading and finance) makes global governance mechanisms most visible.

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. Lecture and conferences in the different Geneva International Actors seat will alternate during the two weeks.

Course leader

Course Director:
Professor Nicolas Levrat
Global Studies Institute
Professor, Faculty of Law
University of Geneva

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 the structural principles of global governance and on some of the cutting-edge issues in global governance. They also 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

6 EC
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.

Fee info

CHF 1600: Final Deadline: May 1, 2017