Public International Law, Human Rights, Humanitarian Law, & Refugee Law
Classes: June 15 – July 11, 2014 (5 units)
Internships: June 23 ~ August 1, 2014 (4 units)
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Mix & Match: Before classes in Geneva, many students participate in the complementary program in international criminal law at The Hague. Other options include the international business law program in Vienna, which can be completed before arriving in Geneva.
Classes: Public International Law, Human Rights, Humanitarian Law, & Refugee Law (5 units)
An unsurpassed opportunity for students of human rights. Students study public international, human rights, humanitarian and refugee law at a very appropriate location — Geneva, the birth place of the international human rights movement, and the European headquarters for the United Nations. The program includes visits to, and briefings at, the key UN and international institutions located in Geneva. The seminars are taught in the mornings, and site visits are scheduled in the afternoons. Classes are held at the Webster University, located in the residential lakeside commune of Bellevue. Application deadline for classes only is March 24, 2014.
Internships in the human rights field are available in Geneva, London, Paris, Ireland and Ghana by special arrangement. For more information, please contact the Geneva Program Director, Professor Vinita Bali. Application deadline for classes with an internship is February 18. 2014.
Fees & Financial Aid
Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $300 for the class and an additional deposit of $700 is required to secure your spot and it is applied to the tuition charge
Tuition: The tuition charge is $1000/unit
Financial Aid: US law students are typically eligible for financial aid to cover tuition, airfare, housing, food, local travel costs and school supplies (click here for more information)
Housing in Geneva
Students are required to stay in one of two available options:
Residence Les Berges du Rhone – Webster University: The residence, Les Berges du Rhone, is a V shaped edifice, located on the banks of the river Rhone and facing the ‘Pont de Sous-Terre’. All units vary in size due to the configuration of the building, a former Rolex watch-making factory. Amenities include: handicap access, wireless internet access, coin operated laundry facilities, student lounge, public transportation near by, security cameras and security guard check.
The Living and Learning Center – Webster University: A single studio is a single occupancy unit compromising of one room furnished with a bed, bedside table, wardrobe, desk and book shelf, and equipped with a kitchenette and a private bathroom (shower and toilet). A double unit has two individual bedrooms. Each bedroom houses one one student and is furnished with a bed, wardrobe, desk, and bookshelf. The two students share a small living area with a dining table, the kitchenette and a bathroom. This is where your classes will be held. The campus is located in the residential lakeside commune of Bellevue. The train ride from campus to the center of Geneva is only 9 minutes.
Note: Priority order for room preference will be based on when students submitted their online application and deposit . Students will select their preferred housing type in April 2014. Prices will be available closer to that date. Students will be financially responsible to Santa Clara Law for any damage to the rooms or furnishings.
Exploring The Area
Geneva is a beautiful and sophisticated city nestled in the foothills of both the French and Swiss Alps. Lake Leman divides the city, with the old city and university on one side and the United Nations Organization, train station and airport on the other. Montreux and Lausanne are nearby, and Florence, Paris and other magnificent sites are easily accessible on the weekends. Hiking opportunities in the Alps abound. You can stroll by the lake, take a traditional steamer to one of the many villages, or simply enjoy the vista of the snow-covered Mount Blanc towering in the distance. Enjoy fondue? Try one of the many outdoor cafes surrounding the cathedral in the old town.
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Summer 2011 Student Evaluation for Geneva: Overall Experience 4.25 (Scale of 1-5, 1=poor, 5=excellent)
“Overall, I found the professors during the summer program interesting, approachable, and very knowledgeable.” Anonymous (2012)
“Santa Clara’s programs at The Hague and Geneva significantly altered the course of my life. The programs gave me the opportunity to network with personnel at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, as a result of which I was offered a semester-long externship at the UN. I was inspired by Santa Clara faculty, who have helped me craft a meaningful career in international law.” William Fife III, Florida Coastal University (2011)
“Overall a great learning experience.” Raheel Hayat, University of the Pacific McGeorge (2009)
Enrollment Limit: 30 students for class