Summer school

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

Next Summer School: June 8 - June 19, 2015

For more information on the Summer School "Children at the Heart of Human Rights" and on the registration procedure, visit: