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A general view of Ariana Park headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva. 31 July 2013. Photo by Jean-Marc Ferré

The Jury of the “International Geneva Incubator Workshops” has selected three workshops that will receive grants up to CHF 5000 each. The winning workshop proposals bear all strong potentials for future research and a subsequent project submission. Following workshops in the field of international studies will be supported:

Geneva’s Impact on Sustainable Development Goals Implementation
organised by the University of Geneva and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

« Like-mindedness » in International Trade
organised by the University of St. Gallen, the University of Zurich and the World Trade Organization (WTO)

The UN Agenda on Business & Human Right and the Role of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
organised by the University of Zurich (Centre or Human Rights Studies) and the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

The workshops will take place at the beginning of 2016.

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Trade, Land Acquisitions And The Right To Food... par fifdhgeneve

The high level debate “Trade, Access to Land and Right to Food” took place on 18 September 2015 at the Swiss Pavilion of the Universal Expo of Milano, following the screening of the movie “Rubber in a Rice Bowl”. The event was organised by the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH), in partnership with the City of Geneva. The speakers included Jean Ziegler (former UN Rapporteur on the Right To Food and Member of the Advisory Committee of the UN Human Rights Council), Victor Do Prado (Director of the Council and Trade Negotiations Committee, WTO), Marco Ferroni (Executive Director, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture) and Silva Lierberherr (Agronomist and responsible for the issues of paradigm shift in agriculture and land grabbing at Bread For All). Moderation : Michel Cerutti (TV5 Monde, RTS).

Cambodian farmers working on rubber tree plantations

The documentary movie “Rubber in a Rice Bowl” will be screened on 18 September 2015 at the Swiss Pavilion at the Universal Exhibition in Milan. The film will be the starting point of the event “Trade, Access to Land and Right to Food”, organised by the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH), in partnership with the City of Geneva. The programme “a film, a topic, a debate”, features a debate with Jean Ziegler (former UN rapporteur on the right to food and member of the advisory committee of the UN Human Rights Council), with the participation of Sami Kanaan (Executive Counsellor, City of Geneva), Isabelle Gattiker (Director General, FIFDH), Christophe Gironde (co-director of the movie, The Graduate Institute Geneva, and Christophe Golay, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights).


View the programme of the event

View the teaser of the documentary movie

Read more about the associated research


The research team led by Prof. Meyer-Bisch (Interdisciplinary Research Institute for Ethics and Human Rights - University of Fribourg) talks in this video about the research carried out on the intersectionality of human rights. The theoretical approach, the methodology and the findings based on various case studies performed in different countries were presented at a symposium in April 2015. The video features interviews with researchers involved in the project as well as experts of NGOs faced with cases of multiple human rights violations.


To find out more about this SNIS project

SNIS Annual Report 2014

In 2014, the SNIS has succeded in its efforts to bring cutting edge academic knowledge to a wide audience. The first film documentary “Rubber in a Rice Bowl”, released in March 2014, has proved to be a particularly efficient tool to communicate complex research results. The movie that has encountered a remarkable success, will be screened at the Swiss Pavilion of the Universal Exhibition in Milan under the patronage of the City of Geneva. The SNIS is particularly proud thus marking its presence as an actor of International Geneva.

In its eighth year of existence, the SNIS is looking back on the work achieved and the aggregate numbers since 2008 demonstrate that the SNIS has definitely found its place in the Swiss research funding landscape. The overview “SNIS in numbers” provides some essential key figures. While looking into the future, the SNIS will also have to demonstrate its validity as part of the general effort to support International and Intellectual Geneva. The SNIS is confident that its stakeholders agree with Bernard Kuiten (Head of External Relations, World Trade Organization) who says in the guest editorial “the marriage is more than worth the effort”.

The SNIS wishes you an enjoyable reading.

SNIS Annual Report: Reaching a wide audience