Switzerland, Geneva

Children at the Heart of Human Rights

when 6 June 2016 - 17 June 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 ECTS
fee CHF 2000

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.

Course leader

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 th

Credits info

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 2000: Early Bird: 1800 CHF
Deadline: March 1, 2016

Tuition Fees: 2000 CHF
Deadline: May 1, 2016

Tuition fees do not include housing or travel.


A limited number of competitive excellence scholarships are available.