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The SNIS is pleased to present its Annual Report 2012 with the central theme "Serving International Geneva and Switzerland". As stated by the Delegate for International Geneva in his guest editorial, the SNIS can be considered as a small but important actor in the canton's overall strategy to provide many international organisations with high-calibre academic expertise. The SNIS, with its mission confirmed and having successfully passed an operation audit, moved ahead by institutionally strengthening the ties with international organisations. Thus, the Governing Committee decided to enlarge its ranks by including the President of the International Geneva Committee, Bernard Kuiten (WTO), as a member of the governing board.

The Annual Report reflects the intensive year 2012 in terms of events, publications and funding activities. The SNIS successfully carried out its fifth call for the projects, dedicating almost 80% of its overall budget to the funding of research projects. Various statistics and graphs give a further insight into the geographical breakdown and partnerships of submitted projects during the first round.


Print copies can be ordered by sending an e-mail to: communication@snis.ch

The University of Geneva offers twelve summer school programmes on diverse topics, ranging from global governance, humanitarian action, international law, human rights to microfinance and the protection of cultural heritage. Taught in English by faculty members of UNIGE and international partner institutions, the high quality academic courses provide a global perspective on issues in the social sciences, the humanities, the sciences, and interdisciplinary fields. Upon successful completion of their course, ECTS credits may be awarded.

More information on programmes and application procedure


Date: Friday, 7 February, 2014 - 09:15 to 17:00

Location: Faculty of Law, University of Basel - Pro lure Auditorium

This workshop is one of the three workhops selected in the framwork of the International Geneva Incubator Workshop support programme. It will address the challenges posed to the law by current developments in the area of Intelligent Agents. Like other forms of innovative technology that came before, artificial intelligence has reached a critical level of development. The question whether there is a need for legal development in this area of technology needs to be discussed. The workshop shall therefore determine the current legal state relating to specific artificial intelligence issues and identify potential fields for political action.

Participation is free

Registration by e-mail to communication@snis.ch before 31 January

View detailed programme here

Tobias Siegfried, head of hydrosolutions GmbH, Zürich, who co-authored one of the three awarded peer reviewed articles in the field of international studies, talked in a recent interview about his research undertaken on climate change and international water conflict in Central Asia (Syr Darya river, part of the Aral Sea basin). The key question is to what extent climate change has the potential to exacerbate water resources' conflicts.

The riparian countries of the Aral Sea basin have already experienced international disputes over water allocation in the past. Climate change and the increase of population are likely to exacerbate the issue. Divergent interests of different stakeholders could lead to potential conflicts. However, the authors conclude that even though climate change has a concrete impact on water availability in the region, conflicts may be moderated  by an appropriate (corporate) resource management. Therefore, new sharing rules are needed in order to deal with these changes and to avoid conflicts, which implies work and negotiations within international organisations / corporations.

Research title:

Climate change and International Water Conflict in Central Asia

published in: Journal of Peace Research, January 2012 (49)1, 227-239


Thomas Bernauer, Center for Comparative and International Studies / Institute for Environmental Decisions

Tobias Siegfried, hydrosolutions GmbH, Zürich


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The UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development hosted by the Cooperation and Development Center (CODEV) has announced that the third International Conference on Technologies for Development: What is Essential? will take place at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne on 4-6 June 2014. Two calls are open for submission.


Call for Session Leaders : Southern and Northern researchers and practitioners are invited to submit a proposal to organize a breakout session, taking into account the strategic aims of the conference. Proposals for breakout sessions should be submitted online using the prescribed template no later than 15 September 2013. 


Call for Abstracts : The UNESCO Chair invites authors from research, industry, policy or civil society to submit their abstracts. They can either offer good examples and pilot experiences of concrete applications or provide reflections on these issues. Abstracts need to be based on North-South or South-South collaborations and submitted by 14 October 2013.



Further instructions can be found on the conference website:  http://cooperation.epfl.ch/2014Tech4Dev