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Name European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA)
Type University programmes
Organising institution
European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation, Italy
Frequency Annual
Level graduate
Objectives 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.

Students are taught by leading academics representing EMA participating universities, experts and representatives of international organisations and NGOs, while studying in a multicultural environment.

The curriculum prepares participants for working in national, international, governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations as well as research institutions dealing with human rights and democratisation.
Area of expertise democracy and human rights
Target group University students
Content The first semester takes place at the Global Campus of Human Rights premises in Venice from mid-September to the end of January. Students are taught by academics from the 42 EMA participating universities, as well as experts and representatives of IGOs and NGOs. The first semester curriculum consists of a core programme organised in five thematic sections, a series of elective courses and skill-building activities and the field trip to Kosovo.

The core programme covers the following topics: Human Rights Institutions, Mechanisms and Standards; Globalisation, Development and Human Rights; Human Rights in Context: Historical, Philosophical, Anthropological and Religious Perspectives; Building and Protecting Democracy; Human Rights, Peace and Security.

Elective courses and skill-building activities are offered on issues such as New Technologies and Human Rights, Transitional Justice, Gender Relations and Human Rights, Children Rights, Digital Verification, Human Rights Impact Assessment and Project Management. In addition, students have the choice between semester-long courses in International Law, International Relations or Philosophy of Human Rights. Simulation exercises are also a central part of the EMA curriculum and the resident academic staff offers research and academic skills classes and workshops.
Language English
French (Français)
City Venice Lido
Number of participants EMA is open to a maximum of 90 candidates from EU and non-EU countries.
Scholarship A small number of scholarships is available for qualified candidates. Scholarships include a tuition waiver and a modest stipend.
Tuition/Accommodation The tuition fee for the academic year 2021/2022 is €5500 (plus enrolment fee of €150). Tuition fees cover the following: all courses of the European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation, both in the first and second semester; reading materials for the first semester; lunch (on class and exam days); tutoring, access to a specialised library; individual access to our closed e-learning environment; use of available IT facilities, and the field trip.
Homepage gchumanrights.org/education/regional-programmes/ema/about.html

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