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The 2013 annual report’s title reflects the unique position that the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) is holding in the European funding landscape, as revealed in a mandated study. The close collaboration with research teams, as shows the production of a full documentary film described in the guest editorial is also a unique attribute that applies to the SNIS. The Network has definitely confirmed its role and continues to offer various funding opportunities that link academia in Switzerland to International Organisations. The incubator workshop grants set up in 2013 constitute a further stepping-stone to research collaborations. We hope that you will have pleasure in reading and leafing through our report that includes important financial information and interesting statistics on the SNIS call for projects 2013.


SNIS Annual Report 2013: 'Boutique Funding in International Studies'

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SNIS Projects

The SNIS is pleased to reveal the eight projects that qualified for funding in the framework of the highly competitive call for projects 2014. These projects were selected by the Scientific Committee out of a total of initial 83 pre-proposals, respectively 18 full proposals, according to evaluation criteria such as academic excellence and originality, policy relevance, pluri- or interdisciplinary research, as well as partnerships with universities, International and Non-Governmental Organisations.


Rethinking Stakeholder Participation in International Governance

Project Lead: Joost Pauwelyn (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva)


Civilian Victimization and Conflict Escalation

Project Lead: Lars-Erik Cederman (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich - ETHZ)


WASH in the context of maternal health and menstrual hygiene

Project Lead: Christoph Lüthi (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich - ETHZ)


A "Social Clause" through the Back Door? Labor Provisions in Preferential Trade Agreements

Project Lead: Damian Raess (University of Geneva)


The Politics of Informal Governance

Project Lead: Oliver Westerwinter (University of St. Gallen)


Understanding rights practices in the World Heritage system: lessons from the Asia Pacific

Project Lead: Peter Bille Larsen (University of Lucerne)


Mapping controversial memories in the historic urban landscape: a multidisciplinary study of Beijing, Mexico City and Rome

Project Lead: Florence Graezer Bideau (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne - EPFL)


Taxation and International Development: North-South Conflicts over Capital Flight and International Taxation Issues after WWII (1945-1970)

Project Lead: Marc Flandreau (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva)

The winners of the second edition of this funding opportunity aiming at creating synergies between academic institutions and international organisations in Switzerland in view of possible future research project submission in the field of international studies are:

    These two promising workshops will receive a financial support of CHF 5'000 each.

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    The ICRC recently adopted the guidelines for preventing death in custody, elaborated in the framework of the SNIS funded project “Death in Custody - towards an International Framework for Investigation and Prevention”, led by Professor Bernice Elger.

    These guidelines constitute a framework – based on international law and best practice from around the world – for investigating and preventing deaths in custody. Concise and practical, they aim to help the pertinent authorities to conduct independent, impartial and effective investigations whenever someone in custody dies, and to prevent it from happening again. The guidelines aim also to provide humanitarian workers, including ICRC delegates, with a tool for guiding and advising those authorities, and for assessing their efforts, with the shared goal of protecting the lives and dignity of persons deprived of their liberty throughout the world.


    view the guidelines

    This year, 18 excellent PhD theses were submitted for the SNIS Award. The special jury, composed of six professors from different disciplines, have closely examined the submissions and have selected as the winner the outstanding thesis: 

    "Les prisons qui s'exportent: géo-ethnographie des espaces carcéraux colombiens à l'ère de la mobilité globale" by Dr. Julie de Dardel.

    Presented on 10 June 2013 at the University of Neuchâtel, under the supervision of Professor Ola Söderström.


    The thesis analyses how the Colombian prison system has been radically transformed since 2000 following agreements between the Colombian and American governments regarding criminal law and penitentiary policies. 


    Read more here