Case Study Weekends – Fall 2018

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

Weekend I (28 & 29 September):
New Paradigms of Diplomacy : Resources, Development, Environment

Weekend II (26 & 27 October 2018):
“Smart Power” – New Trends in the Global Science Diplomacy

Weekend III (2 & 3 November 2018)
Blue Diplomacy : International Ocean & Marine Governance


  • 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 14h00 – 17h15 and from 17h00-19h (Evening class) 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,- not included)

ECTS value
You will earn 3 ECTS per Case Study Weekend


Programme Case Study Weekends – Fall 2018
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. 

28 & 29 September 2018 Case Study Weekend I: New Paradigms of Diplomacy : Resources, Development, Geopolitics

  • Global Resource Geopolitcs: Natural Resources, Development, and Conflict
  • Sustainable Energy: Technology, Resources, Society and Environment
  • Geopolitical Analysis and Strategic Foresight
  • Strategy, Disinformation, and Deception in International Politics
  • Development Diplomacy: Casy Studies from Horn of Africa, Bhutan & Iran
  • Development Diplomacy: Casy Studies from China-Taiwan, India-Pakistan and Israel- Palestine relations

Courses during this weekend are taught by Dr. Tom Moerenhout, GSD Faculty, Senior Associate at International Institute for Sustainable Development, Peter Wooders, Group Director, Energy and Programme Leader, Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI), International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Dr. Gyula Csurgai, GSD Faculty, Academic Director/Professor at SIT (Study Abroad Switzerland), Mr. Rajinder Jhol, Executive Director of the SDG Global Partnerships Annual Award.

26 & 27 October 2018 Case Study Weekend II: “Smart Power” – New Trends in the Global Science Diplomacy

  • Dimensions of Science Diplomacy and the Soft Power of Science
  • Global Threats: Science Diplomacy in the Age of Globalization
  • Technology and Innovation for Society, Global Governance and Diplomacy (Evening class)
  • Science for Peace in Diplomacy: Institutional Framework
  • Science for Peace in Diplomacy: Practice and Collaboration
  • Science, Politics and, Climate Change
  • The Governance Challenge of Climate Change

Courses during this weekend are taught by Dr. Samia T Al-Shouli, Fellow in Clinical Diagnostic Immunopathology in King’s College London Hospital (KCH), Dr. Maurizio Bona, Senior Advisor, Relations with Parliaments and Science for policy at CERN – European Organization for Nuclear Research, Dr. Michel Jarraud, Secretary General Emeritus, the WMO – World Meteorological Organization and Mr. Rajinder Jhol, Executive Director of the SDG Global Partnerships Annual Award.

2 & 3 November 2018 Case Study Weekend III: Blue Diplomacy: International Ocean & Marine Governance

  • Blue Diplomacy: Introduction to Core Concepts, Global Trends, Projections
  • Blue Diplomacy: Ocean Governance, International Law and Conflict Resolution
  • Environmental Acceptability as the Driver of the New World Order (Evening class)
  • Blue Diplomacy: Framework on the Sustainable Use of Water Resources
  • Maritime Cooperation for Sustainable Development: Case Studies
  • Blue Diplomacy, Case Study 1: EU Maritime Strategy
  • Blue Diplomacy, Case Study 2: Marine Spatial Plan and Managing Multi-Stakeholders

Courses during this weekend are taught by Mr. Yuvan A. Beejadhur, Managing Partner at Beejadhur Ocean Solutions, Former Team Leader, Ocean Economy, Agriculture and Climate Change at the World Bank, Dr. Alexander Likhotal, GSD Faculty, Former President of the Green Cross International, Mr. Rajinder Jhol, Executive Director of the SDG Global Partnerships Annual Award.

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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