In 2017 the first edition of the Summer School “Human rights, gender and alterity” will take place in Geneva. This unique transdisciplinary course is aimed at students and practitioners from all academic backgrounds and will enable participants to critically engage with human rights from a gender and a postcolonial perspective.
The innovative concept combines visits to international organisations in Geneva and meetings with internationally renowned experts working in the area of human rights with an introduction to the academic field of human rights, gender and alterity.
Topics to be covered include: violence against women, human rights and decolonial approaches to justice, freedom and emancipation, the global labour market, the new international division of labour and migration, and discrimination against LGBTQI. These will be addressed using diverse theoretical perspectives including feminist legal theories, gender and post- and decolonial theories, and theoretical approaches to antidiscrimination law.
Students will have the opportunity not only to explore highly topical issues with human rights experts and academics in thematic seminars, but also to actively apply and deepen their knowledge in practical exercises. First, students will participate in a Moot Court simulating an individual communications procedure before the CEDAW Committee and, second, they will present a case study on an example of legislation or legal practice they have chosen.
Joint between the University of Geneva (Faculty of law, Institute for Gender Studies) and the Graduate Institute (Anthropology and Sociology of Development and Gender Centre). This Summer School is organised in cooperation with FRI Swiss institute for feminist legal studies and gender law, Service Agenda 21 - Ville durable of the Ville de Genève, Bureau de l'égalité entre femmes et hommes et de prévention des violences domestiques of the République et canton de Genève, Equal Opportunities Office of the University of Geneva and the Festival du Film et Forum International sur les Droits Humains.