Swiss Network for International Studies

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We promote academic research in international studies. The research teams are composed of academics, staff from international organisations and NGOs.


SNIS International Geneva Award 2019

The International Geneva Award (IG Award) was established to encourage outstanding research scientists to produce publications that are particularly relevant for International Organizations (IOs).  This year’s recipients are Gaétan de Rassenfosse for the article “Are foreigners equally treated under TRIPS ?”; Anna Carratalà for the article “Population density and water balance influence the global occurrence of hepatitis E epidemics”; and Klaus Dingwerth et al.  for their article “The rise of democratic legitimation: why international organisations speak the language of democracy”. Special Mentions go to Vincent Moreau et al. for their article “The emission benefits of European integration” and to Timothy Julian et al. for their article “Safely managed hygiene : A risk-based assesment of handwashing water quality”. For interviews with 2018 IG Award winners, Kurt Pärli and Frank Schimmelfennig, tune in here and here.


SNIS Award is Open for Submissions

Every year, the SNIS Award is granted for the bet PhD thesis received in a Swiss University on a subject related to international Studies.

The SNIS considers that international studies deal not only with the analysis of international relations, but also with political, economic, social, environmental, legal, and health issues that extend beyond national boundaries. Submitted PhD theses can deal with a wide range of of academic disciplines, such as political science, economics, sociology, social and cultural anthropology, law, history, geography and environmental sciences.

The amount that will be awarded by the SNIS is CHF 10’000.

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IG Debate - Is Multilateralism a useful tool when fighting climate change?

Taking into account the perceived gridlock in multilateral negotiations, how can different actors from different backgrounds contribute towards advancing the climate agenda? The answer might come to you during the 2020 SNIS International Geneva Debate organized at the ETH Zurich on the 5 March during the Sustainability Week.

Aware of the importance of being part of the conversation on how to combat climate change, we organized a panel discussion and Q&A session with various experts in different fields.
Speakers include: 

  • Mr. Sebastien Duyck, Senior Attorney  at the Center for International Environmental Law;
  • Ms. Marie-Claire Graf, the President Swiss Association of Student Organisations for Sustainability & Vice-President of the Swiss Youth for Climate;
  • Amb. Franz Perrez, Ambassador and Head of the International Affairs Division in the Federal Office for the Environment;
  • Prof. Vally Koubi, Professor and Senior Scientist at the Center for Comparative and International Studies of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich.

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Find a more detailed program here