Henry Dunant University College (CUHD) is an institution founded in 1995 by Alfred Fernandez who organizes university-level training courses for governmental and non-governmental actors on human rights, in collaboration with international, humanitarian and non-governmental organizations active in Geneva and in the field.
Henry Dunant, founder of the Red Cross and modern humanitarian law and a pioneer of international collaboration, inspires our commitment.
Our online courses
Courses in French
A French translation of the course “UNDERSTANDING AND COUNTERACTING TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS – A TRAINING COURSE FOR HELPERS” is in progress and will be available in early 2020.
University level training
Henry Dunant University College is a foundation under Swiss law recognized as a public utility. For the implementation of its training, it collaborates with universities, international organizations, NGOs and research institutes in Africa, the Americas and Europe.
The University College
Henry Dunant University College (CUHD) is a recognized Swiss Foundation of public utility that organizes training in human rights…
The programmes are aimed at stakeholders in the concrete implementation of fundamental human rights, in governments (civil servants, diplomats, etc.), in local communities and civil society (NGOs, association leaders, etc.)…
The Henry Dunant University College develops initiatives in the field of the anthropology of the life and dignity of the person, the integral development of the person, the integral ecology and peace by promoting the common good…
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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF THE PARTICIPANTS
Doctor of law, University of Geneva. Former adviser to the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross. He was also head of the Division of international organizations and head of the delegation for South Africa and the Indian Ocean of the same organization. He is Associate Professor at Webster University Geneva, as well as Ambassador of the Order of Malta to combat trafficking in persons and Deputy Permanent Observer of the Order of Malta to international organizations in Geneva. He is also Vice-President of the International Institute of humanitarian law and Director of the summer course of humanitarian law in San Remo.
Kelly Ryan is the Coordinator of the intergovernmental consultations on migration, asylum and refugees (CIG). As a senior official of the United States Federal Government, from 2010 to 2013, she was acting Assistant Deputy Secretary for immigration and border security at the Department of Homeland Security and 2002 to 2009, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Office of population, refugees and migration of the State Department. She has headed the offices of admission of refugees, population and international migration. Ryan graduated from Tulane University and holds a J.D. from Georgetown University and a LL.M. from the University of Cambridge. She is a member of the advisory board of THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA
Oreste Foppiani is Associate Professor of International History and Politics at Webster University in Geneva, where he heads the Department of International Relations. He received a doctorate in international history and politics from the University Institute of Advanced Studies (IUHEID). During his doctoral program, he received the Albert Gallatin Fellowship in International Affairs to spend a year at SAIS in Washington, DC. From 2013 to 2016, Foppiani was a visiting scholar or associate professor at JMSDF Command and Staff College, SIPEC at Aoyama Gakuin University and CEMS at New York University. He has conducted research on the Spanish-American War, Anglo-American relations during the Second World War, the beginning of the Cold War, the American and Italian navies, European integration, EU security policies, EU-US relations and the migration crisis in the Mediterranean Sea.
Secretary of the Board
Holder of the UNESCO Chair “human rights and ethics of international cooperation” of the University of Bergamo (Italy), she is also Professor of comparative education and human rights pedagogy. Her research follows three directions: intercultural education and citizenship, education in conflict societies, and the right to education and human rights education. She has a strong experience in international cooperation, particularly with Africa and Latin America.
Charles L. Glenn
Member of the Board
Charles L. Glenn is a Professor of leadership in education and development and former Dean of the Faculty of education at Boston University, where he teaches the history of education and comparative politics. From 1970 to 1991, he was Director of urban education and equity at the Massachusetts Ministry of education, with the administration of over 200 million million in public funds for magnets schools and desegregation, and the initial responsibility for the country’s first bilingual education programme. He is a member of the Massachusetts State Advisory Committee to the American Civil Rights Commission.
Member of the Board
Paul Dembinski studied political science in Geneva and obtained a doctorate in political economics (1982). Since 1979, he is Assistant and Master Assistant at the University of Geneva and then becomes Associate Professor (in 1991) at the University of Fribourg and now occupies part-time the Chair of international strategy and competition. Director of the Observatory of finance, “think-tank” which makes the connection between the world of financial techniques and practices and the requirements of the common good.
Carlo M. Marenghi
Member of the Board
Dr. Carlo M. Marenghi, Ph.d. is the legal adviser to the Permanent Mission of the Holy see to the United Nations and specialized agencies in Geneva. Mr. Marenghi is Dr. suma con laude in international and comparative law at the Pontifical Lateran University in the Vatican. His doctoral thesis analysed the provisions of the TRIPS agreement in the LDCs and their impact on national legal systems. Mr. Marenghi has written and published extensively on health, commerce, intellectual property, labour and human rights, particularly in the context of the social doctrine of the Catholic Church. Mr. Marenghi was born in Avellino, Italy. He has lived in Geneva since 2009, when he began working for the Permanent Mission of the Holy See. Since 2015, Mr. Marenghi has also been an international lecturer at Webster University in Geneva and speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian and Romanian.
Henry Dunant University College (CUHD) in Geneva aims to contribute to the promotion of a true culture of human rights and human dignity. A culture of human rights means a universally shared vision of the world based on the values of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but also on the anthropological sources of law. A new hope is needed to give new impetus to our societies in crisis: a culture that promotes the dignity and integral development of the person must be taught to build a just world and a future for every human being. The theme of integral ecology is central to our thinking.
The training provided by Henry Dunant University College (CUHD), is intended to be interdisciplinary and in some respects heterodox in relation to the traditional approach to human rights. Aware of the difficulties inherent in interdisciplinarity, the CUHD believes that a new perspective is needed on a subject which, while emerging within the framework of law, goes far beyond its borders. At the risk of sounding confusing, the Henry Dunant University College (CUHD) prefers a certain complexity to the false clarity of preconceived ideas.
CUHD wishes, in particular, to show the student, direct or indirect actor, the gap between the ideal and the possible, between what one would like to do and what the political, social and above all cultural circumstances allow to do. At the end of the training, he should be able to make a distinction between the classical academic vision, the pragmatic vision of the human rights technician and the political vision, in the noble sense of the word.
For a more just and united world
The Henry Dunant University College (CUHD) believes that the values of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are necessary to build a more just and inclusive world, with justice and solidarity only meaningful if the source of the law and the rule of law over violence are reaffirmed from them. The mission of the CUHD is to encourage an international society genuinely based on law and not on partisan interests.
A catalyst for change
Aware that the creation of a genuine culture of human rights and human dignity requires the coordinated effort of all social forces acting at the international level, the CUHD has set itself a modest objective: born with the clear vocation of bringing together actors who are sometimes distant, both geographically and in terms of mentalities, the CUHD aims to be a catalyst. Its ambition is to provide participants with the tools that will enable them to work at home, at their own level, towards the advent of this culture of peace and development, which fully respects the dignity of the individual, a culture of integral human development.
Practical and useful training
During their training, students meet various public and civil figures who exchange with them and testify about their experiences; they participate in international meetings as attentive and critical observers, in order to acquire real know-how and an understanding of the unwritten laws of human relations in politics. At the end of the training, he should be able to reflect on what is becoming the fundamental motivation for political, economic, social and cultural action in the 21st century.
Dialogue between cultures
The questioning of universality is a serious matter; it was predictable at a time when “strong” thoughts and ideologies are resurfacing. The period of the years 70/80 characterized by doubts and thoughts “Softs” – a time known as the soft consensus – had frozen reflection on the philosophical foundations of human rights. Today, more than ever, however, this reflection on the foundations of human dignity that underpin the universality of the protection of human rights has become essential.
Henry Dunant University College (CUHD) believes that the debate on universality must be reopened and placed at the level of rationality. Independence, here, does not mean rejection of the other, as human rights can only be imposed as a “universal culture” if it is universally shared. Continuity between cultures and human rights does not exclude differences, it is rooted in them, culture being first and foremost a living culture: this life having meaning only in and through the dialogue of cultures.