Case Study Weekends – Spring 2019

These practice-oriented training sessions will take place at the heart of international during the following weekends:

Weekend I (22 & 23 March 2019):
Newest Trends & Challenges in Human Rights Protection

Weekend II (17 & 18 May 2019):
Transforming Global Governance for the 21st Century: International Institutions & Rising Powers

Weekend III (24 & 25 May 2019)
Humanitarian Diplomacy 


  • Provides advanced in-depth knowledge and skills to grasp and navigate the complex realities of international relations and deal with practical situations encountered by diplomats in their everyday practice;
  • Focuses on a variety of the most important global challenges and governance solutions;
  • Develops practical skills such as negotiation, working in teams, problem-solving, conflict resolution, decision making and leadership, through practical exercises and case studies;

Registration and price
The courses will take place on Fridays from 13h30 – 19h00 and on Saturdays from 09h15 – 17h00. You can register for 1, 2 or the full package of all 3 weekends.

Per case study weekend: CHF 500,-
Full package (all 3 weekends) : CHF 1.200,-
Registration fee CHF 100,- (non-refundable)

ECTS value
You will earn 3 ECTS per Case Study Weekend


Programme Case Study Weekends – Spring 2019
The programme below will give you an impression of some of courses you can expect during the case study weekends. Please note that the final schedule will be uploaded soon and the courses mentioned below are still subject to changes. 

22 & 23 March 2019 Case Study Weekend I:  ”Newest Trends & Challenges in Human Rights Protection”

  • Jurisprudence of the Human Rights Committee: Case Studies
  • The Tomorrow of Human Rights: Perspectives, Challenges & Trends
  • Institutional Mechanisms of Human Rights Protection: Are Any Reforms Needed?
  • European Approaches to the Human Right to Life
17 & 18 May 2019 Case Study Weekend II: “Transforming Global Governance for the 21st Century: International Istitutions & Rising Powers”

  • The United Nations system and it’s role in ‘Global Governance’
  • Technological Progress, Innovation and Economic Growth
  • Security in a Divided and Fragmented World
  • The Role of Transnational Hybrid Organisations and Challenges to Global Governance
  • The Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation
24 & 25 May 2019 Case Study Weekend III: ”Humanitarian Diplomacy”

  • Theory and Methodological Background: Participative Action Research
  • Humanitarian Diplomacy in Praxis – Learning Through Storytelling
  • Business Support Organisations & Diplomacy
  • The Philosophy of Law and The Applicability of it in Humanitarian Action
  • Humanitarian Advocacy
  • Communications: Humanitarian Diplomacy tools for support

GSD Diplomatic Training Options

We provide the Geneva-based diplomatic and foreign-policy communities with a diverse range of diplomatic training modules. These include a series of lectures, discussions, short tailored made programmes and debates on pressing issues of international concern. The sessions can be created for professionals based on the market needs (Executive Winter School, Case Study Weekends (please see this page), or the Executive Master Programme) or Tailormade based on your organisation’s specific needs.

The Tailormade Diplomatic Training courses can either be thematic or skills oriented in-situ (at the invitation of our partners) or at our own premises here in Geneva, which is a major centre for international cooperation. While relying on the expertise of our faculty, which includes world renowned professors, statesmen, stateswomen and ambassadors, we develop a methodology which is experience-sharing and practice oriented and courses are designed carefully to address cross-cutting issues and give a global understanding of the theme or skills at hence.

The training modules can be customised for junior to senior level diplomats and helps them to:

  • (Better) Understand the dynamics of international politics and diplomatic issues;
  • Develop practical skills necessary to master the challenges of 21st century diplomacy;
  • Advance cross-cultural negotiation and communication skills;
  • Develop competence in dealing with challenges at the global, regional and national levels.

Learn and incorporate tools, procedures and instruments to effectively manage complex projects and programmes in international and multicultural environments.

Diplomatic Skills – Tailor made training

This is a practice-oriented training at the heart of international Geneva for professionals from the diplomatic service, international institutions, private sector and NGOs (for groups). We offer organisations the opportunity to create a tailor made diplomatic skills program, based on their needs and focused on improving the practical skills of their employees to better face today’s challenges and issues.

The training will be created based on your specific needs and can include a series of lectures, discussions, simulations, short tailor-made programmes, case studies and debates on pressing issues of international concern. Some examples of the practical skills course we offer are:

  • Diplomatic Protocol and Etiquette
  • Working with the UN
  • Negotiation techniques and simulations
  • Rhetoric and eloquence: the art of public speaking and persuasion
  • Human advocacy

Would you like to improve your cross-cultural negotiation or communication skills and develop competence in dealing with challenges at the global, regional and national level, please contact us for more information.


Flexible: from 2 days to 2 weeks. For example:

  • 2 or 3 days – fulltime
  • 1 or 2 weeks – fulltime
  • Part-time, 3 weekends (Friday afternoon + Saturday full day)


The price for the tailor made programmes depends on the duration, location and content of the course.

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