Winners of the 2015 International Geneva Incubator Workshop Grants

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 : University of Geneva, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the International Environment Forum (IEF)


Date : 27 April 2016
Location: UN Environment House, Geneva



The workshop will serve as a launch pad for a longer-term process of coherence and effective implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It aims to demonstrate how actors in Geneva together can lead efforts at realising the SDGs effectively and coherently. Its objective is to contribute to the overarching goal of realising the SDGs and their targets worldwide by 2030 through collaboration between academia, international organisations, civil society, the private sector, and other stakeholders.

“Like-mindedness” and International Trade

organised by the University of St. Gallen, the University of Zurich and the World Trade Organization


Date: 3 June 2016
Location: WTO - Geneva


The one-day workshop will examine the dynamic of cooperation between states on the basis of like-mindedness. It will explore this broader phenomenon of like-mindedness in a contemporary case, namely international trade negotiations. The workshop findings will be useful both to illustrate, and to contribute to, the conceptualization of like-mindedness in international relations. It will be geared to produce focused and applicable research. A potential research project could address the topic from a broader perspective since the phenomenon can be observed in other forms and forums and is not limited only to international trade.

The UN Agenda on Business and Human Rights and the Role of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights 

organised by: University of Zurich (Centre for Human Rights Studies), and the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights


Date: 15.07.2016
Location: University of Zurich




The UN Human Rights Council endorsed the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) in 2011 and established the UN Working Group on business and human rights in the same resolution. While the new consensus on the relevance of business activities in the implementation of human rights and the related uptake of the UNGPs is a significant progress, some caveats apply as the approach of addressing these issues varies significantly in the different UN institutions.


The workshop will build up on previous support provided by the Centre for Human Rights Studies of the University of Zurich to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. It will foster the exchange of past and current experiences in the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles and contribute to the elaboration process of the new General Comment on Business and Human Rights