Latin American Network Initiative

Background Information

The Latin American Network Initiative (LANI) is a student-run initiative created in 2013 by a group of students of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) to promote the presence of Latin America through academic, social, and professional activities within IHEID.

Our goal is to reinforce the network between students, professors, professionals, and organizations in Geneva that are interested in the region through dialogue opportunities, interaction scenarios, and the proliferation of Latin-American voices at the Graduate Institute.

In order to strengthen that, LANI hosts and promotes academic and cultural events relevant to Latin-America such as conferences, presentations with academic and professional personalities, Cine-Club debates, and popular parties, among other various activities throughout the year.

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Background Information

With a sizeable 15% of IHEID students hailing from Latin America, students noticed the under-representation of this region in regard to academic, social and professional activities. In order to address the issue, a group of motivated students seeking to cultivate an increased interest in the region founded LANI during the Fall of 2013.

LANI has expanded ever since. Currently, 5 students form LANI’s Executive Board and over 35 collaborate with the initiative on a regular basis. We have meetings every 15 days to debrief on the activities we have hosted and discuss the following ones.

LANI has striven to expand its partnerships with Geneva’s International community. We are happy to say that we have successfully reached out to different Latin American missions in Geneva and also relevant figures based outside of Switzerland to enrich the activities offered to the student body. 

We take pride in being recognized as one of the most active and professional student initiatives of the Graduate Institute.

Upcoming events:

  • “Women’s Human Rights Standards in the Inter-American System”, with Professor Emerita of Human Rights Law and International Public Law at the University of Buenos Aires Mónica Pinto. (21 November, 18:30 – 20:00, Classroom S5)
  • “Latin American Contribution to International Law” with Judge Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade, International Court of Justice (ICJ), co-organized by LANI and the International Law Department. (28 November, 18:30 – 20:00, Auditorium A2)

Past events:

  • Welcome breakfast for the incoming students, managing to secure the presence of the Ambassadors Juan Raúl Heredia (México) and Giampaolo Rizzo Alvarado (Honduras) where the students were able to hear about the professional and personal trajectories of these authorities and get a glimpse into the everyday life of diplomatic missions in Geneva.
  • Diversity, Land and Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Brazil”, with the presence of Indigenous leaders Célia Xakriabá, Nara Baré, and Kretã Kaingang for a debate that tackled the rights of indigenous peoples in Brazil, and the importance of the territory for indigenous peoples with support of Greenpeace, the Centre for International Environmental Studies (IHEID), Brazil’s Indigenous People Articulation (APIB), and the Grito Collective.
  • Monthly CineClub: “La Historia Oficial” (discussing dictatorships in Latin America), “Abrazo de la Serptiente” (discussing colonialism), “A Quiet Inquisition (discussing the right to abortion) and “Que Horas Ela Volta” (addressing domestic workers in Latin America).
  • Tradicional parties that include “Día de Muertos”, Sunset Party with Live Brazilian Samba and (spoiler alert!) in March, we’ll be celebrating a “Carnival” party.
  • Fundraising dinner for Venezuelan refugees.

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Karen Chica Gomez (

Matheus Fontes (

Pedro Cayul (

Ailin Benitez (
Head of Communications

Fernanda Rubert (
Kory Barras Tapia (
Events Coordinators