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International Law Seminar
The Seminar takes place on an annual basis and aims to enable postgraduate students or young university teachers specialised in international law, as well as young lawyers working in the international law field, to widen their knowledge of both the work of the International Law Commission and of the codification and progressive development of international law. It also provides an opportunity for lawyers coming from different legal systems and cultures to exchange views regarding items on the agenda of the Commission.
Graduate Study Programme
The United Nations Information Service’s Graduate Study Programme provides an opportunity for young postgraduate students to deepen their understanding of the United Nations system through first-hand observation and study. The Graduate Study Programme is held at the United Nations Office at Geneva each year during the month of July.
(Note: because of the Covid-19 pandemic, which is making it difficult to welcome groups of students at the UN Geneva, information programmes are being offered virtually. Visit this page for full details.)
Throughout the year the United Nations Information Service welcomes various groups from all over the world for information programmes designed to foster a better understanding of the many activities of the United Nations and its specialized agencies in Geneva.
The programmes are prepared for groups of at least 20 people. The groups include university students, diplomats, public servants and representatives of non-governmental organizations or other associations. A programme may be spread over several hours or a full day.
This service is free of charge (except the guided tour included in the programme). The United Nations makes no financial contribution to the travel costs or accommodation expenses of the participants.
A programme is composed of presentations (a maximum of four for a one-day programme) by UN officials and experts. Themes can include up to four of the following sessions:
- A guided tour of the Palais des Nations (ticket: 13 CHF per student; 15 CHF per adult)
- The United Nations in Geneva: a hub for multilateral diplomacy
- Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
- Promoting and defending human rights (choose between the human rights mechanism or the Human Rights Council)
- The coordination of humanitarian aid
- The challenges of climate change
Depending on the availability of speakers, the topics can be adapted.
Lectures, offered in English or in French, are followed by a question-and-answer session. Lectures in other UN official languages are possible but not guaranteed. To organize a specific presentation by other UN agencies and programmes, contact the relevant organizations directly.
Requesting an information programme
All requests must be made in writing, at least four months in advance, to firstname.lastname@example.org. These should provide the following information:
- The name of the organization and of the accompanying person responsible for the group.
- The number of participants (minimum 20 persons).
- The dates proposed (as the calendar for the programmes is filled quickly, several possible dates may be suggested).
- The theme(s) chosen from the corresponding list.
UN Geneva Seminars Series
UN Geneva organizes annual seminars to deepen the academic world's knowledge on the activities of the United Nations and on its priorities and challenges in the years to come.
Two seminars are organized every year and held at the Palais des Nations, over one or two days. Primarily targeting students, representatives of universities and research institutes, each seminar promotes a specific theme. The series are comprised of a series of lectures by a panel of experts with various backgrounds (Representatives of NGOs, academies or administrations; experts from UN Agencies or independent experts) who present ideas and discuss the issues with the participants.
Seminar series may be held in English or French. Certificates of participation are awarded to students. Please check the events calendar for upcoming sessions.
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