EMA, The European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation
First Round Deadline:
22 January 2018
Second Round Deadline:
9 April 2018
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 for the academic year 2017/2018. In this role she liaises with EMA professors and students, and teaches the International Law Rolling Seminar as well as academic and practical skills classes.
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’s Degree in Rule of Law, Democracy and Human Rights from LUISS University in Rome, and a Law Degree (summa cum laude) from Roma Tre University. 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 examines 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.
At EIUC Chiara has also worked as senior researcher on the FRAME Project - “Fostering Human Rights Among European (External and Internal) Policies” - funded by the European Commission. Over the last nine 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.
Dr. Wiebke Lamer is the EMA Fellow specialising in International Relations for the academic year 2016/2017. In this role she liaises with EMA professors and students, and teaches the International Relations Rolling Seminar as well as academic and practical skills classes.
Wiebke holds a Ph.D. in International Studies from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, USA, and Master’s degrees in International Relations and U.S. Foreign Policy from the University of Leicester and the University of London, respectively. Her doctoral dissertation examines the treatment of press freedom in the international human rights framework, specifically at the UN. Wiebke taught several courses on International Relations, International Political Economy and Comparative Politics at universities in the Norfolk, Virginia area.
She also interned for NATO’s Civil-Military Fusion Centre and Allied Command Transformation in the U.S. Her current research interests include communication rights, international organizations, and the global politics of press freedom, with emphasis on the role of the media and NGOs in promoting freedom of the press as a human right.
Before embarking on her graduate studies, Wiebke worked as an online marketing specialist at Google’s European headquarters in Dublin, Ireland.
Veronica Pietrobono is the EMA Executive Officer. She has been involved in EMA activities since January 2018 but she was part of the EMA Team also during the academic year 2014/2015. She studied in Rome where she obtained her BA in Cultural Mediation, followed by a Master’s Degree in Legal Translation in Turin and a Master’s Degree in International Relations at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. She previously worked as a legal researcher at FRA in Vienna and as Protection Officer in Nairobi and Goma with NGOs. She is also involved as an activist in different projects in the field of human rights.
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.
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.