Rubber in a Rice Bowl

The Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) is pleased to invite to the Premiere of the Documentary Film

Rubber in a Rice Bowl

The documentary film has been produced by the SNIS in the framework of a multidisciplinary research project coordinated by Dr. Christophe Gironde (The Graduate Institute) on large scale land acquisitions in Southeast Asia.The documentary film addresses the topic of the current rubber boom and how it affects livelihoods and food security through the voices of the local population. It further raises the question as to how the local community takes part in the process of the agrarian transition driven by large scale rubber companies and to what extent it can benefit from the transformation.“Rubber in a Rice Bowl” tells the story of Cambodian farmers in a time of rapid change.

The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Jean-Luc Maurer, Honorary Professor, The Graduate Institute.

Monday, 31 March 2014, 18:00 – 20:00, followed by a cocktail
Maison de la Paix - Auditorium A2
Chemin Eugène Rigot 2, 1202 Geneva

participation is free - registration by 28 March here

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watch the teaser of the documentary film

Date: 3 April 2014, 09:30 - 12:30

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

This workshop asks how the international legal and regulatory frameworks are responding to the newly-realized global aspects of overweight and obesity and where they need to improve to ensure that governments fulfill both their societal obligations and their duties to the individual citizen. The event will bring together scholars and international actors to discuss these questions in an informal setting, with the hopes of identifying concrete research questions for further collaboration.

This workshop is taking place in the framework of the International Geneva Incubator Workshop support programme, recently set-up by the SNIS.

Full programme here

Quai Wilson, Geneva

After one year at "campagne Rigot" and its eponymous Villa, the SNIS Secretariat is moving towards the lakeside to its new office premises, located in the building "Tourelle Luisoni", at Rue Rothschild 20. We are only partially reachable on Thursday, 27 February 2014.

Please take note of our new post mail address:


Swiss Network for International Studies

20 Rue Rothschild

P.O. Box 254

1211 Geneva 21



Our e-mail addresses, phone and fax numbers remain unchanged.

The World Trade Institute is offering two summer programmes designed for private, public and civil society professionals and higher-education students:


Summer Academy on International Trade and Investment Law and Policy

WTI / University of Bern

Date: 14 July - 15 August 2014

Location: Bern

The Summer Academy offers a selection of five one-week courses on prominent topics in international investment and trade. In lectures, discussions and case studies, some of the world's leading experts will teach participants how to blend the policy aspects of trade and investment with thorough legal interpretation and economic analysis.

More information about the programme and application procedures here


Summer Programme on International Intellectual Property

WTI / Chinese University of Hong Kong 

Date: 28 July - 8 August 2014

Location: Hong Kong

This Summer Programme brings together government representatives, scholars and practitioners from all over the world who wish to deepen their knowledge of the law and economics of international intellectual property (IP) protection. It equips participants with a practical understanding of current and future challenges in this field.

More information about the programme and application procedures here


Governance, Regulatory Policies and Competitiveness

The recent financial and economic crisis has brought to light the need for sound regulatory frameworks aiming at establishing clear and transparent market conditions. Regulatory policies are considered as being efficient tools for governance. What are the scientific inputs that help policy makers to adopt new regulatory framework conditions? What are the recent trends in the realm of regulations? To what extent do regulatory policies affect markets in terms of competitiveness and location? What are the positions of the different stakeholders, including national and multinational companies, in this regard?

Experts of international organisations playing a major role in governance and regulatory policies will address the topic and generate a debate with the audience.

Date: Monday, 10 March 2014 - 17:00 - 19:00 (followed by a cocktail)
Location: University of Fribourg - Building Pérolles II - Room A230


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register: communication@snis.ch