Human Rights, Gender and Alterity (University of Geneva, CH)

Deadline: 15/04/2018

In 2018 the second edition of the Summer School “Human rights, Gender and Alterity” will take place in Geneva. This 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 decolonial perspective.

The innovative concept combines visits to international organisations in Geneva, namely the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), attending sessions of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and presentations by 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 new international division of labour and migration, global reproductive rights, and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity rights (SOGI). 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.

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