The European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation (EMA) is a one-year, full-time course that provides a practice and policy-oriented approach to learning that combines legal, political, historical, anthropological, and philosophical perspectives of human rights and democratisation with skill-building activities and a field trip exercise.
The institutional structures associated with the EMA programme have changed as well over the years. The predecessor of the Global Campus, the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) was founded in 2002 in Venice by 15 European universities for the main purpose of jointly organising the EMA programme. Over time, EIUC evolved into the leading interdisciplinary European centre for education and research in the field of human rights and democratisation. Parallel to EMA, it developed similar master’s programmes in other regions, which were also funded by the EU. In 2012, the EU requested EIUC to start a process of coordinating these regional master’s programmes and to transform them into a global network of universities responsible for post-graduate education in the field of human rights and democracy. The last and decisive step in the process of transforming the network of universities from a European into a global one was taken on 23 February 2019 when the EIUC Assembly decided to amend its statute and change the name of its association to Global Campus of Human Rights.
- To educate 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 both a solid theoretical understanding of issues related to human rights and democratisation and with operational skills enabling them to perform practical work in this area;
- To create and maintain a European network of curriculum development and staff exchange among universities in the field of human rights and democratisation.
The growing number of EMA graduates (more than 1800 so far) and their 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.