Antonio Cassese Summer School

Countries emerging from armed conflict face important challenges: reestablishing the rule of law, achieving conflict mitigation and prevention, integrating traumatic events, inscribing and negotiating memories, as well as strengthening reconciliation, nation-­building and identity. While many of the measures traditionally applied in the context of post-­authoritarian regimes constitute today important guidelines, contemporary post-conflict settings seem to require a fine-­tuned, targeted and sensitive approach, embracing political, security, transitional justice-­related and social factors, likely to support, in the longer run, peace as well as equitable political, economic and social order.

It is against this background that the 2013 Antonio Cassese Initiative Summer School examines the question of state building and transitional justice in the context of contemporary post­-conflict situations (view programme).

The Antonio Cassese Initiative Summer School invites advanced law and international affairs students as well as junior professionals to participate. Lectures are given by leading experts and practitioners in the field.

Attendance to one of the two weeks of the Summer School is worth 3 ECTS (European Transfer Accreditation System); attendance to both weeks is worth 6 ECTS (European Transfer Accredation System). Admitted participants will have access to the online reading material for the Summer School by 15 May 2013. This material constitutes the background reading to prepare before each lecture. The total amount of work required corresponds to aproximately 120 hours for two week attendance and 60 hours for one week attendance, including on site lectures and training. A certificate of attendance will be issued to all participants who have regularly attended the course.

During the Summer School, information will be circulated among participants on unpaid internship opportunities with Geneva-based organizations and institutions, which will start late in the summer or at the beginnig of the fall 2013.


For further information and application details, please click here.

Director of the Summer School: Professor Paola Gaeta

Coordinator: Ms Valentina Cadelo