GEM-STONES Summer School in Switzerland

Deadline: 16 May 2018
Open to: Ph.D. students
Venue: 2nd – 6th July 2018 at the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva in Switzerland


The GEM-STONES (Globalisation, Europe & Multilateralism – Sophistication of the Transnational Order, Networks, and European Strategies) Ph.D. program aims at understanding the developing transnational order, and at assessing EU’s role within it. Since the establishment of the League of Nations in 1920, Geneva has long been a hub for international governance, with an unequaled concentration of International Organizations gravitating around the UN European Headquarter Office. The institutional proliferation approach of this Summer School will aim at identifying the multiple formal IOs, the QUASIOs (such as ISO) and the myriad of NGOs and examining whether and how efficiently they interact with each other. The regime complex approach developed by IR scholars, and the International Law constitutionalization/fragmentation debate will be the most central theoretical approach mobilized. Based on this understanding of the functioning of the “Geneva Governance Hub”, the participants will investigate the EU action on the Geneva stage. Ph.D. candidates presenting their work will discuss how their own research fits within this complex and sophisticated transnational order perspective and contribute to the development of a theoretical framework capturing the evolution of multilateralism within a globalized world.

The second GEM-STONES Summer School ‘Institutional Proliferation and EU External Action’ will take place at the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva in Switzerland, on 2nd – 6th July 2018.


  • The Ph.D. Students are expected to attend the full week and participate in all the Summer School’s various sessions and activities – excepting the excursion where attendance is optional;
  • Candidates must be fluent in spoken and written English, as it is the Ph.D. Summer School’s working language;
  • Applicants are free to suggest any presentation topic of their choosing that fits the broad scientific agenda of the Summer School.

Selection Criteria

  • The academic profile of the applicant;
  • The relevance of the suggested presentation.


This Summer School is a closed-door event for selected participants. The organizers‘ aim is to gather a limited number of informed and motivated participants who will see their expenses covered by the host.

  • Accommodation in Geneva will be booked and paid for directly by the organizers;
  • Travel to and from Geneva will be paid by the organizers;
  • Lunches during the Summer School, welcome dinner on Monday 2nd July and a public transportation card in Geneva will also be provided.

Any other incurred costs are at the participants’ own expense.

How to apply?

The content of Applications:

  • Academic CV;
  • Title of the Applicant’s ongoing thesis project – Including name and contact information of
  • 1-page abstract describing the Applicant’s suggested presentation.

In order to apply, please send your applications to:

For more information, please read the official call.