The GIAN is an international research network founded by the University of Geneva, the Graduate Institute of International Studies (GIIS) and the Graduate Institute of Development Studies (GIDS). Various international organizations, notably the United Nations Office in Geneva and the International Committee of the Red Cross, have also participated significantly in the network's establishment. The GIAN benefits from the collaborative and financial support of the Swiss Confederation (Federal Department of Home Affairs) and the Republic and Canton of Geneva (Ministry of Education).

The GIAN's main objective is to create synergies among various entities, principally academic institutions and international organizations -- governmental or non-governmental -- to further the role of Geneva and Switzerland in the service of peace and justice. Promoting practical and "action-oriented" research and training activities is a specific characteristic of this academic network. Five themes are accorded priority by the GIAN: sustainable development, social equity, globalization and international commerce, intercultural relations and dialogue, humanitarian law and human rights.

Réseau universitaire international de Genève GIAN-RUIG
Rue de Varembé 9-11
1202 Genève

Phone: 0041 22 733 26 92
Fax:0041 22 734 87 66


Randall Harbour
Executive Secretary of the Geneva International Academic Network (GIAN)