EMA, The European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation
First Round Deadline:
28 January 2019
Second Round Deadline:
25 March 2019
What is EMA
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.
EMA’s academic excellence in teaching, research and practical training is a testament to the spirit shared by professors, experts, students and staff: genuine dedication to the advancement of global values and human dignity through inter-university cooperation, interdisciplinarity and an action-oriented approach. In order to achieve these aims, the programme successfully combines two objectives: on the one hand, to provide a solid theoretical preparation and, on the other hand, to offer a good understanding of the operational requirements and challenges of practical work.
The growing number of EMA graduates (more than 1300 so far) and their prominent careers reflect the far-reaching impact of EMA: a source of inspiration and the creator of a community of competent specialists working in the field of human rights and democratisation at the local, regional, national, international level both in the governmental and non-governmental sectors as well as in academia.
As stated in the Venice Charter of the European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation, the organisational structure of the EMA Programme consists of the following organs:
The Council shall be the highest decision-making body and shall supervise the international and national elements of the Programme. It shall, inter alia:
Adopt directives regarding the budget, to be submitted to the EIUC
Elect the EMA Chairperson, by a 2/3 majority vote of the members present
Elect the ordinary members of the Executive Committee, by a 2/3 majority vote of the members present
invite appropriate persons to form the Advisory Board
Specify the conditions of admission, determine the overall size of the student body, and determine the student fees
Specify the rules of assessment
Propose to the Inner Circle Universities the awarding of the Master’s degree to those students who meet all the requirements of the Programme
Evaluate the Programme at the end of each academic year
Approve all structural changes to the Programme
Decide on the admission of additional universities to the Programme, by a 2/3 majority vote of all Participating Universities
Decide on the expulsion of a Participating University, by a 3/4 majority vote of all Participating Universities
The Council shall consist of:
One representative of each Participating University (the EMA Director, or his/her alternate)
The EMA Programme Director (ex officio member)
The EIUC President and Secretary General (with consultative status)
Two representatives of the student body (with consultative status)
EMA Executive Committee
The Executive Committee shall:
Implement the decisions of the Council
Nominate the EMA Programme Director, for appointment by the EIUC Board
Oversee examinations and other procedures
Monitor the planning of the academic programme for the first semester, taking into account the recommendations of the Academic Curriculum Group
Make the final selection of the students to the Programme
Review and compile examination results
Establish contacts with inter-governmental, non-governmental, and governmental organisations
Propose initiatives for the development of the Programme to the Council
Promote collaborative research among the Participating Universities
The Executive Committee shall consist of:
The EMA Chairperson
The EMA Programme Director (ex officio member)
Seven ordinary members, drawn from the Council, including at least one from the Inner Circle Universities
the EIUC President and Secretary General (with consultative status)
The current members of the EMA Executive Committee are:
Ria Wolleswinkel (University of Maastricht) – Chairperson
George Ulrich (EMA Programme Director)
Paolo De Stefani (University of Padua)
Dr. Hans-Joachim Giessmann (University of Hamburg)
Dr. Nikolay Natov (St Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia)
Orsolya Salat (Eotvos Lorand University)
Academic Curriculum Group
The Academic Curriculum Group reviews the curriculum of the programme, and makes appropriate recommendations to the Council and the Executive Committee.
EMA Programme Director
The EMA Programme Director shall, inter alia:
Implement and develop the Programme
Liaise with EMA Directors, Rectors and Presidents of universities, the EMA Chairperson, the Academic Curriculum Group and the Advisory Board
Forge contacts with international and other related organisations
Put forward proposals to be addressed in meetings of the Council and the Executive Committee, and implement decisions taken by them
Prof. George Ulrich is the EMA Programme Director.
The EMA Directors shall:
Ensure the implementation of the EMA Programme at their respective universities
Execute the decisions of the Council and the Executive Committee
The EMA Directors of the National Coordinating Universities coordinate the Programme activities at the national level.
The Advisory Board shall:
Advise the Council on the Programme
Be apprised of the decisions of the Council and the Executive Committee
The Advisory Board shall consist of individuals and representatives of international, national, and non-governmental organisations, active in the field of human rights and democratisation. They shall be invited by the Council.
The current members of the Advisory Board are the representatives of the following institutions:
Municipality of Venice
Region of Veneto
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Council of Europe
Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
International Committee of the Red Cross
Human Rights Watch
International Committee of Jurists
International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims
Prof. Ria Wolleswinkel
After receiving her PhD in 1997 Ria Wolleswinkel was appointed Associate Professor of Women and Law. She worked at the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology, the Maastricht Centre for Human Rights and the Centre of Gender and Diversity. Since 2005 she is Director of Studies of the Faculty of Law.
In research her main focus is family rights of prisoners and their families from a gender perspective. She wrote her PhD thesis on Women in Detention and their right to family life (1997). Afterwards she also published on the rights of children of imprisoned parents. She has been one of the founders of the European Committee for Children of Imprisoned Parents (EUROCHIPS) in Paris and became the chairperson of EUROCHIPS from 2000-2005.
In the field of education she coordinated several introductory courses in law, both at the Faculty of Law and at the University College in Maastricht. Besides that she coordinated a postgraduate interdisciplinary course on “Victims in Criminal Law” and gave negotiation and mediation skills. In 2005 she became Director of Studies. In that position she gives workshops about problem based learning and educational quality control management, f.e. in Indonesia at Udayana University in Denpasar and at University Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta.
EMA Programme Director
Prof. George Ulrich
Prof. George Ulrich held the position of Rector and Professor of Human Rights at the Riga Graduate School of Law from 2009-2016. Prior to this, he served as EIUC Secretary General from 2003-2009 and as Academic Coordinator / Programme Director of EMA from 2001- 2004.
Dr Ulrich is thus intimately familiar with the Venice-based inter-university centre and master’s programme and is excited to re-join the EMA and EIUC family. From 1999-2001 he was Senior Researcher at the Danish Centre for Human Rights. He obtained his Ph.D. as well as an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Toronto, Canada, and holds the degree of Cand. Mag. in Social Anthropology and History of Ideas from Aarhus University, Denmark.
Among George Ulrich’s current research interests are issues related to the history and philosophy of human rights, human rights diplomacy, human rights and development cooperation, health and human rights, international medical ethics, and ethics for human rights professionals.
Publications include: Synergies and Linkages between Danish Efforts to Promote Human Rights at the Multilateral Level and in Development Cooperation; The Danish Institute for Human Rights, Copenhagen 2014; Human Rights Diplomacy - Contemporary Perspectives, Martinus Nijhof Publishers 2011 (jointly edited with M. O’Flaherty, A. Müller, and Z. Kedzia); The Local Relevance of Human Rights. Cambridge University Press 2011 (jointly edited with K. De Feyter, S. Parmentier, and Chr. Timmerman); The Professional Identity of the Human Rights Field Officer. Ashgate Publishing Ltd. 2010 (jointly edited with M. O’Flaherty); Beyond Activism: The impact of the resolutions and other activities of the European Parliament in the field of human rights outside the European Union, Marsilio Editori, Venice 2007 (co-authored with H. Fischer and S. Lorion); and Reparations – Redressing Past Wrongs. Yearbook Human Rights in Development, Kluwer 2003 (jointly edited with L. Krabbe Boserup).
Dr. Chiara Altafin is the EMA Fellow specialising in International Law. In this role, she liaises with EMA professors and students, and teaches the International Law Rolling Seminar. She also lectures on topics related to human rights, International and European law, and conducts academic skills and thesis proposal workshops as well as skill-building seminars.
Chiara is also a member of the EIUC Research Team and has conducted research for various Global Campus projects and publications. She worked as EIUC senior researcher on the 7FP FRAME Project - “Fostering Human Rights Among European (External and Internal) Policies” (2013-2017). Related publications include: ‘The normative framework of the EU’s commitment to Human Rights: the Treaties, the Charter, Member States Constitutional traditions, and International Law’ (chapter jointly written with M. Nowak and K. Lucas) in The European Union and Human Rights: Law and Policy, J. Wouters, M. Nowak, A.M. Chané, and N. Hachez (eds.) Oxford University Press 2018; ‘The new Global Strategy for the EU’s Foreign and Security Policy at a time of human rights crises’ (article jointly written with V. Haász and K. Podstawa) in Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights 35(2) 2017; ‘Assessing the strategic use of the EU fundamental and human rights toolbox’ (report jointly written with V. Haaz and K. Podstawa) FRAME Deliverable 14.2 2016, which focused on three crisis situations affecting human rights in EU policies and included case studies on Hungary and Poland, Turkey, and Ukraine. The Global Campus Human Rights Journal has published her following articles (jointly written with W. Lamer): ‘Referendums on the rise in Europe: Powerful tool of the populists or a step towards increased citizen participation in EU politics?’; ‘Challenges to the EU in 2017: Brexit Implementation, Populism, and the Renewed Attempt at Advancing the Social Dimension of the European Integration Project’. Since 2018, Chiara has been appointed as one of the lead researchers of the research group related to ‘children living in places of detention with their imprisoned parents in the context of the criminal justice system’, which is one of the six key areas of the United Nations Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty led by the Independent Expert Manfred Nowak. In this regard she wrote (jointly with M. Nowak) ‘Data collection, children of prisoners and the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty’ in European Journal of Parental Imprisonment 5 2017.
Chiara holds a Ph.D in International Law from the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, an LL.M in Comparative, European and International Law from the EUI, a Master in Rule of Law, Democracy and Human Rights from LUISS University, and an LL.M cum laude from Roma Tre Law Faculty. She was a visiting research scholar at the Center for International and Comparative Law of the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor. Her doctoral dissertation examined the role, function and adequacy of public international law to deal with civilians’ access to, enjoyment and progressive realization of economic, social and cultural rights as controversially affected during and in the aftermath of contemporary scenarios of armed conflict and contexts of occupied territories. Particular attention was devoted to the normative responses advanced under international humanitarian law, in tandem with the functional development of other applicable international legal regimes, such as international criminal law and international human rights law..
Over the last ten years Chiara has worked as research and teaching assistant to the chairs of International Law, International Criminal Law, Human Rights and International Protection, International Organization and Human Rights, International Protection of Cultural Heritage, at the Departments of Law and of Political Science of LUISS University in Rome. She was a member of the LUISS Research Team on the 7FP PRIV-WAR Project on “Regulating privatisation of ‘war’: the role of the EU in assuring the compliance with international humanitarian law and human rights” (2008-2011). Chiara has conducted research and editorial activities for the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in Rome, in particular concerning contemporary piracy, the conflict of Nagorno-Karabakh, coercive diplomacy and sanctions in international law. Before becoming a qualified lawyer before the Italian Bar Association, she worked as a trainee lawyer at Avvocatura Generale dello Stato in Rome (2005-2007).
Dr. Wiebke Lamer is the EMA Fellow specialising in International Relations. In this role, she liaises with EMA students and professors, and teaches the International Relations Rolling Seminar. She also lectures on the topic of media and democracy and conducts academic skills and thesis proposal workshops.
Wiebke is also a member of the EIUC Research Team and has conducted research for various Global Campus projects and publications. She coordinated the EMA research contribution to the Global Classroom in Yerevan (2018) on diasporas and in Bangkok (2017) on securitisation. Shortly after joining EIUC, she was appointed overall research coordinator for the 2016 Global Classroom and developed, implemented and monitored a joint research project among the seven regional master’s programmes on the topic of intractable conflicts. Since spring 2018, Wiebke is also working on the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty.
Wiebke holds a Ph.D. in International Studies from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, USA, and Master’s degrees in International Relations and US Foreign Policy from the University of Leicester and the University of London, respectively. Her undergraduate degree from De Montfort University is in Media Studies and American Studies. Before joining EMA, Wiebke taught several courses on International Relations, International Political Economy and Comparative Politics at universities in the Norfolk, Virginia area.
In the US, Wiebke also interned as an Assistant Knowledge Manager for the Afghanistan team at NATO’s Civil-Military Fusion Centre. In May 2012, she worked as a social media consultant for NATO’s Allied Command Transformation, analysing the real-time social media response to the Secretary-General’s public statements during NATO’s Chicago Summit.
Wiebke’s research interests include press freedom, media freedom, freedom of expression, media and democracy, disinformation, information disorder, and democracy in international relations.
Her first book, entitled Press Freedom as an International Human Right, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in March 2018. It examines the global politics of press freedom and the treatment of press freedom in the international human rights framework, specifically at the UN. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Human Rights and the Global Campus Human Rights Journal.
Before embarking on her graduate studies, Wiebke worked as an online marketing specialist at Google’s European headquarters in Dublin, Ireland.
Daniela La Mattina started working in the Centre in 2018. In her role as EMA Executive Officer she liaises with EMA students for what concerns certificates, logistics and administrative issues. Her tasks are specifically related to supporting EMA students during the enrolment phase as well as over the entire academic year.
She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Bologna and a MA in Human Rights and Conflict Management from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, in Pisa. Prior to joining EIUC, she spent three years at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, working in a project aimed at promoting social mobility in education.
She previously worked in the field of democracy support at the European Parliament, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance and the Italian Embassy in the Republic of Congo.
Elisabetta Zennaro started working in the Centre in 2008 in the EIUC Secretariat. She dealt with all departments and assisted guests, students and staff members with all kinds of enquiries. She joined the EMA Team in June 2016. In her role as EMA Executive Officer she liaises with EMA professors and students for all that concerns meetings, certificates and academic records.
She also assists the EMA Programme Director and collaborates with the EMA staff on executive tasks. She deals with students’ records, careers, diplomas, and she is in charge of managing the EMA Internships and EIUC EU-UN Fellowship Programmes.
She previously spent two years in London, UK, working and studying English, photography and attended a Galileo Travel Consultant course; she also spent a year in Zaragoza, Spain, for a study project organized by Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.
Stefania Saccarola is EIUC’s Librarian. She started working for EMA in 2001, and then for the new born EIUC in 2003. She literally built the library from scratch and developed it through the years as a highly specialized research library, always paying attention to develop – in parallel – new technologies tools aimed at enhancing access and usability.
After many years working with students, professors and experts from all around the world, she has developed a unique expertise for helping students not only from a technical point of view but also as human archival memory of EMA and EIUC.