EIUC - European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation

EMA - The European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation

EIUC - European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation
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Tipologia Master
Luogo Venezia lido
Ore di lezione 6h
Durata 1 Anno
Inizio 15/09/2019
  • Master
  • Venezia lido
  • 6h
  • Durata:
    1 Anno
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The European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation (EMA) is the main teaching programme of the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC).

Established in 1997 thanks to the vision of 10 pioneer universities, EMA is the oldest Master’s programme supported by the European Union. Over the years it has developed according to changing approaches to human rights and democratisation in Europe and in the world and to more integrated strategies in trans-European human rights education. Today EMA counts on the participation of 41 prestigious universities and human rights centres from all member states of the European Union.

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Dove e quando
Inizio Luogo
15 set 2019
Venezia Lido
30126, Venezia, Italia
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Inizio 15 set 2019
Venezia Lido
30126, Venezia, Italia
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· Quali sono gli obiettivi del corso?

EMA and the related Global Campus master's programmes constitute the most significant contributions of the European Union to human rights education. EMA has been designed to establish a common pool of highly qualified and motivated human rights experts who will work in governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental human rights institutions or who will be sent, on behalf of the EU or other organisations, to work in the field. The aims of the EMA Programme are: To form high-level professionals in the field of human rights and democratisation qualified to work as academics, staff members or field workers for inter-governmental, governmental, and non-governmental organisations; To provide its graduates with practical skills and field/work experience; To create a European network for curriculum development and staff exchange among universities active in the field of human rights and democratisation.

· A chi è diretto?

EMA is open to EU and non-EU citizens. The criteria used during the selection process are: academic ability and background experience language competence motivation Academic requirements All selected candidates who hold a non-EU degree are required to produce upon admission a “declaration of value” of their degree. Non-EU candidates are moreover required to obtain a study visa which must cover the entire duration of the academic year (September 2018 – September 2019). Both the study visa and the “declaration of value” are preconditions for enrolment and should be requested from the competent Italian Embassy or representation offices. Additional studies and experience Additional studies and practical experience in the area of human rights in inter-governmental, governmental, or non-governmental organisations are helpful. Language competence Certified fluency in English is an admission requirement to the programme. While not a prerequisite, the ability to understand lectures and read academic texts in French is a definite advantage for participation in the programme.

· Requisiti

Applicants are required to hold a university degree of a high standard in a field relevant to human rights, including disciplines in Law, Social Sciences and Humanities, and must have a minimum of 180 ECTS (Bachelor/General Degree).

Cosa impari in questo corso?

Diritti umani
Inglese scritto
Inglese parlato
Inglese legale
Scienze sociali
Politiche sociali
Lingue (altro)
Avvocato di ufficio


Manfred Nowak
Manfred Nowak


The first semester curriculum consists of:

A core programme (the first stream) aimed at the plenary group of students and assessed for the purposes of the degree

First stream courses are organised in five Thematic Sections (subject to modification):

  • TS1: Human Rights Institutions, Mechanisms and Standards (United Nations; Council of Europe; EU; OSCE; Organisation of American States; African System; perspectives on Asia) --- 9 ECTS
  • TS2: Globalisation, Development and Human Rights (Stakeholders in Economic Globalisation: States, International Economic Organisations, Companies, NGOs; Human Rights and Development; Business and Human Rights; Economic, Social and Cultural Rights) --- 3 ECTS
  • TS3: Human Rights in Context: Historical, Philosophical, Anthropological Perspectives and Religious --- 4 ECTS
  • TS4: Building and Protecting Democracy (Regime Change and Democratic Consolidation; Transition and Transformation Processes; Governance; Political Participation; Electoral Processes) --- 4 ECTS
  • TS5: Human Rights, Peace and Security + Field Trip (Humanitarian Law; International Criminal Law; Security and Vulnerabilities; Field Missions; Terrorism and Human Rights) --- 7 ECTS

Some distinctive features of the first stream include:

  • Focused lectures on EU legislation and policies regarding human rights and democratisation
  • Special classes on human rights and democratisation in specific countries or regions
  • Simulation exercises: ECHR Moot Court, ESCR Moot Committee, ICC Moot Court, Mediation Simulation

A series of second stream activities consisting of specialised units devised for smaller groups

Second stream courses consist of different components tailored to students' academic background and interests:

  • Advanced Cluster classes that foster advanced knowledge of specific human rights issues --- 2 ECTS
  • Rolling Seminars aimed at reinforcing the foundations of law, philosophy and international relations --- 1 ECTS
  • Academic Skills classes to prepare students for exams, essay and thesis writing
  • Workshops aimed at deepening some aspects of the first stream courses
  • Practical Skill Building classes such as project management, electoral observation and digital verification
  • Semester-long special student projects and initiatives

Some distinctive features of the first stream include:

  • The EMA Human Rights Cultural/Film Festival: organised every year by a group of students on the occasion of Human Rights Day
  • Workshops and skill classes where students learn about UN human rights mandates, develop their skills to manage a project, participate in a Model UN simulation or practice how to conduct interviews in the field

A field trip

The field trip is a trademark of EMA and has been organised by Mag. Marijana Grandits (from the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights at the University of Vienna) for years, first in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1998-2003) and then in Kosovo since 2004. This field training aims to provide insights into the practical tasks, difficulties, and expectations human rights officers face in the field, and to get a better understanding of the situation in a post-conflict country.

The field trip usually takes place in mid-January and comprises visits to international organisations as well as local and regional nongovernmental organizations working on human rights issues, such as property claims, torture related questions, legal advice, women’s rights, democratic elections, free media and children’s rights. Students stay with host families and are required to participate in all activities and events organised by the EMA academic staff, external facilitators from the EU and other experts. The field trip is included in the tuition fees.

I am grateful for the opportunity I had, to become an insider for a week in the context of Kosovo, to have the chance to meet all these people – some involved in the highest offices of the international community, others struggling to work for the good of civil society, but all of them aiming towards the same goal of stability and prosperity for Kosovo.
(Ioanna Mincheva, E.MA Student 2011/2012)

We definitely enjoyed the Kosovo trip and undoubtedly had a lot of fun. But we also learned a lot and saw a lot of what we had studied in Venice, which was a very good way of bringing together theory and reality (Nikolina Karaolia and Tiina Vahtras, E.MA 2007/2008).

Though tired and weary towards the end, the return to Venice came too fast for all of us. There were still so many people to meet, and places to visit. While crossing the Adriatic back to the tranquility of the lagoon, many of us secretly made plans to go back some day. In fact, some of us have even managed to do so. (Michael Merrigan, E.MA 2008/2009)

The trip to Kosovo was my first contact with the world of human rights in the field. Organisation after organisation, meeting after meeting, it was amazing to make the link between the theory and the practice. In Kosovo during one week I was group leader, this sounds really responsible, just like in a real mission in a real NGO. In fact this first experience in the field just confirmed my will and desire to work in Human Rights as a professional. (Isidore Collins Ngueuleu Djeuga, E.MA 2010/2011)

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