Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Global Health Instruments

Available dates

Nov 18—20, 2019
3 days
Geneva, Switzerland
CHF 1800 ≈USD 1812
CHF 600 per day


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About the course

International health instruments play an important role as tools for shaping collective responses to global health challenges. They have been under constant development and renewal for decades to address the increasing complexity of determinants and drivers of health. Further, they are closely linked to health diplomacy and governance, two other pillars of global health – as both object and outcome of multilateral and multisec­toral negotiations for health and as tools for delivering and governing health.

Programme Highlights

Intensive three-day course to discuss the role of international legal health instruments in global health diplomacy and governance

Combine theory and practice through lectures, high-level panels and exercises

Meet in the world's global health capital

Led by the Global Health Centre (GHC) at the Graduate Institute

Course Content

This course will introduce participants to contemporary global health and its governance challenges, the key types and characteristics of global health instruments, and the political environment and related health diplomacy processes. It will enable participants to better understand the features and challenges of existing instruments and to think critically about what kind of instruments are required in which settings and situations. The course will:

  • Introduce and analyse the overall structure, types and characteristics of the current international health instruments and mechanisms used in global health governance
  • Explain the dynamics, lessons learned and negotiation process for both hard and soft law, taking examples of the FCTC, IHR 2005, and international standardisation
  • Explore other health-related treaties such as the drug control conventions and environmental conventions
  • Experience and learn negotiation skills through negotiation simulation exercise on a global health instrument
  • Discuss global health instruments of the future


The course is highly participatory, drawing on the national and international professional experiences of participants through a multi-disciplinary learning process. It includes lectures by internationally-renowned experts and negotiators, case studies, and working groups. Skill-building activities will complement the learning experience.

Who should attend

Policy-makers and practitioners involved in public health and international health cooperation, such as:

  • Governments representatives engaged in international health including from diplomatic missions
  • Representatives from international, regional and non-governmental organisations
  • Professionals in philanthropic organisations and academia

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