Summer School - Children at the Heart of Human Rights, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Publish Date: May 11, 2015

Event Dates: from Jun 08, 2015 12:00 to Jun 19, 2015 12:00


Geneva has long been one of the world’s capitals of international law and the headquarters of international institutions dedicated to human rights. This inspiring context naturally led to the focus and strength of the University of Geneva in international human right laws and policies.

The Summer School ‘Children at the Heart of Human Rights’ is a unique opportunity for students and young professionals to work side by side with leading experts in a dynamic scientific interdisciplinary environment. It is the perfect preparation for those students interested in children’s rights and international human rights organizations.

The course is shaped to bring out the best of current issues in the international debate on children’s rights studies and policies. It will examine with an interdisciplinary perspective, different international legal instruments such as the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and other human rights treaties and standard-setting instruments The programme is characterized by :

  • the interplay between theory and practice in the field of children's rights,
  • the international perspective promoted by  the lecturers from different regions of the world,
  • the field visits of several UN Agencies, international humanitarian organisations and NGOs, located in Geneva

The blending of all these features will favour a vibrant, challenging and fruitful interactive learning atmosphere.



The teaching staff is composed of enthusiastic outstanding scholars, teachers and experts from academic settings, international organizations such as for example UNHCH, WHO, ILO. ICRC and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, Non Governmental Organizations and Independent National Human Rights Institutions on Children’s Rights. Moreover, the academic content and organization of the programme is supervised by the Centre for Children’s Rights Studies (CCR - UNIGE)  in partnership with International Institute for the Rights of the Child (IDE)., two leading institutions in the field of children's rights.

The Programme Director and Co-director along with the Programme Coordinator are responsible for the design of the study programme, its dynamic format and the group activities that will be carried out both in Geneva and Sion.

Academic Directors:

Prof. Philip D. Jaffé, Director of the Centre for Children’s Rights Studies (CCR - UNIGE) and Professor, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Geneva

Dr. Jean Zermatten, President of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (2011-2013) and Director of the International Institute for the Rights of the Child, Sion

Programme Coordinator:

Dr. Roberta Ruggiero, Senior Research Associate, Centre for Children’s Rights Studies (CCR - UNIGE), coordinator of the Master of Advanced Studies in Children's Rights and scientific coordinator of the European Network of National Observatories on Childhood (ChildONEurope) (2008 – 2013).



The course is aimed at upper-year undergraduate students and Master's degree students and is taught in English.


Tuition Fees: 2000 CHF / Early bird fees (Until March 15, 2015): 1'800 CHF

Deadline: Still accepting applications

UNIGE Students 

Geneva Summer Schools Excellence Scholarships 2015

Geneva Summer Schools offers a limited number of Excellence Scholarships to summer school participants for certain courses.

These scholarships are in the form ofpartial or full tuition exemption.

Scholarship application is done in the online application form.

To apply for a scholarship, students must include: 

  • Scholarship statement
  • Letter of Recommendation

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, letter of reference, and financial need. Incomplete scholarship applications will not be considered.

ThinkSwiss Scholarships 2015

The Geneva Summer Schools has 4 ThinkSwiss Scholarships to award (up to 1300 CHF each) to students enrolled in Canadian and US Universities who wish to attend the Geneva Summer Schools 2015. These scholarships are sponsored by the Embassy of Switzerland in the United States of America.

To be considered for a ThinkSwiss scholarship:

  • Apply for your summer school online (
  • Send in your ThinkSwiss application (deadline May 1, 2015) to with the subject « ThinkSwiss Application » composed of:
    • a 500 word (max) statement about why you would like to be considered for this Think Swiss scholarship
    • Your CV
    • Proof  of enrollment in Canadian or US university
    • Current academic transcript 

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