2013 Summer school

Countries emerging from armed conflict face important challenges: re-­establishing the rule of law, achieving conflict mitigation and prevention, integrating traumatic events, inscribing and negotiating memories, as well as strengthening reconciliation, nation-­building and identity. While many of the measures traditionally applied in the context of post-­authoritarian regimes constitute today important guidelines, contemporary post-conflict settings seem to require a fine-­tuned, targeted and sensitive approach, embracing political, security, transitional justice-­related and social factors, likely to support, in the longer run, peace as well as equitable political, economic and social order.

It is against this background that the 2013 Antonio Cassese Initiative Summer School examined the question of state building and transitional justice in the context of contemporary post­-conflict situations (view programme).

Lectures were given by leading experts and practitioners in the field (see our faculty).


The 2013 Summer School took place at Villa Rigot, Avenue de la Paix 9, Geneva (see map).


The 2013 Antonio Cassese Initiative Summer School invited advanced law and international affairs students as well as junior professionals to participate.


All participants who attended our programme have been awarded a "Certificate of participation" signed by the Director of the Summer School. Conditions: active participation in class discussions and practical exercises; readings covered and understood; regular attendance to all classes (80% of classes).

Examinations were not compulsory: if you did not apply for credits, you were not required to sit for exams.


Participants could also choose to follow the programme to obtain credits. Our Programme was accredited according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). 

  • one week worth 3 ECTS;
  • two weeks worth 6 ECTS 

Students who had chosen to follow the Programme to obtain credits had to attend an examination and write a research paper. Evaluation consisted of:

  • class participation (20%);
  • a multiple choice questions exam (30%). The exam took place at the end of the Programme.
  • a research paper covering a topic agreed with the Director of the course       (50%). The paper was due at the latest three weeks after the end of the Programme. 

Participants who successfully completed the assessments were provided with an academic transcript and a certificate, after the Programme. 

Director of the 2013 Summer School: Professor Paola Gaeta

Coordinator: Ms Valentina Cadelo

The 2013 Antonio Cassese Summer School was organized with the support of