marzo 25, 2013

Countries emerging from armed conflict face important challenges: re-­establishing 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).

Lectures are given by leading experts and practitioners in the field (see our faculty).


The Antonio Cassese Initiative Summer School invites advanced law and international affairs students as well as junior professionals to participate.


All participants who attend our programme will be awarded a «Certificate of participation» signed by the Director of the Summer School. Conditions: active participation in class discussions and practical exercises; readings covered and understood; regular attendance to all classes (80% of classes).

Examinations are not compulsory: if you do not apply for credits, you are not required to sit for exams.


Participants can also choose to follow the programme to obtain credits. Our Programme is accredited according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

  • one week is worth 3 ECTS;
  • two weeks are worth 6 ECTS.

Please be aware that it is up to your home university to evaluate our course and decide the amount of credits you will receive (approximately 6 European ECTS credits for 2 weeks).

Students who choose to follow the Programme to obtain credits will have to attend an examination and write a research paper. Evaluation will consist of:

  • class participation (20%);
  • a multiple choice questions exam (30%). The exam takes place at the end of the Programme.
  • a research paper covering a topic agreed with the Director of the course(50%). The paper will be due at the latest three weeks after the end of the Programme.

Participants who successfully complete the assessments will be provided with an academic transcript and acertificate, after the Programme is finished. Transcripts and certificates will be mailed to participants approximately two months after the end of the Programme.


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.


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


To know how to apply for the Summer School, click here.

For tuition fees, click here.

Director of the Summer School: Professor Paola Gaeta

Coordinator: Ms Valentina Cadelo

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