Summer School - Understanding Global Governance, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Publish Date: May 11, 2015

Deadline: May 15, 2015

Event Dates: from Jun 22, 2015 12:00 to Jul 10, 2015 12:00


This course will explore issues related to global governance and international politics. Students will be immersed in the international world of Geneva as they pursue an interdisciplinary program that will provide them with a truly global perspective on current affairs. Topics to be explored include: globalization and theories of international relations, actors and patterns of global governance, global governance, multilateralism and international organizations, international law in the age of global governance, WTO and internationalization, among others.

This summer school is entitled “Understanding Global Governance” because the term “Global Governance” needs to be explored deeply for a better understanding of its meanings, patterns, prospects, features, and limits. The aim of the course is to provide students with a clear understanding of current global affairs and means of governance taking place on a global scale. The challenge, in the words of James N. Rosenau, is to search for order in disorder, for coherence in contradiction, and for continuity in change. It is to look for authorities that are obscure, boundaries that are in flux, and systems of rule that are emergent. And it is to discern powerful tensions, profound contradictions, and perplexing paradoxes. The task is that difficult because never before has change come so rapidly, on such a global scale, and with such global visibility as it has been described by the Commission on Global Governance. Globalization, global governance, global civil society, global law, expansion of human rights, global democracy, emerging regional groups and so on. These terms, concepts, changes and developments are the products of phenomenons such as the expansion of technologies, increasing interconnectedness between people and places, creation of informal and contemporary governance mechanisms in local, regional and global scale, rising influence of non-governmental organizations in world affairs, multiplication of international courts and tribunals, recognition of human rights and democratic principles. In parallel to traditional diplomacy between national players, all of the activities of these emerging players of global affairs are being carried out today in Geneva. In combination with exposure to the activities and institutions of global governance taking place in this city, the course will explore the theoretical underpinnings of global governance, its existing paradigms, mechanisms, and actors, and the frontiers in its future development.


Global Studies Institute. University of Geneva. 6 ECTS.

Course Program 2015 (will be published early 2015)

Still Curious? Check the Course Syllabus 2014 and Course Schedule 2014


Professor Nicolas Levrat (Adademic Director)
Director, Global Studies Institute
Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Geneva


Upper year undergraduates and MA students with an interest in current affairs and global issues.


2300 CHF

Application Deadline: May 15, 2015

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 of partial 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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