First Round Deadline:

22 January 2018

Second Round Deadline:

19 March 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.


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Organisational Structure

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:


EMA Council

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)
  • Koen Lemmens (KU Leuven)
  • Radu Carp (University of Bucharest)
  • Maria-Daniella Marouda (Panteion University, Athens)
  • 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.


EMA Directors

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.


Advisory Board

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:

  • European Union
  • 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

Who's Who

Prof. Ria Wolleswinkel - Global Campus

EMA Chairperson

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.


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Prof. George Ulrich - Global Campus

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).


Tel: +39 041 2720937


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Dr. Chiara Altafin - Global Campus

EMA Fellow

Dr. Chiara Altafin

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.


Tel: +39 041 2720919


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Dr. Wiebke Lamer - Global Campus

EMA Fellow

Dr. Wiebke Lamer

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.


Tel: +39 041 2720920


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Ms Caterina Fantoni - Global Campus

EMA Executive Officer

Ms Caterina Fantoni

Caterina Fantoni is the EMA Executive Officer. She has been involved in EMA activities since September 2016. She previously worked and studied in Rome where she obtained her BA Degree in Music, Theatre and Cinema, followed by a Master’s Degree in Economics and Management of Art and Cultural Heritage at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.

Caterina joined the EMA Executive Team in February 2017. Her tasks are specifically related to supporting EMA students during the enrolment phase as well as over the entire academic year.

Email: and

Tel: +39 041 2720922


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Ms Elisabetta Zennaro - Global Campus

EMA Executive Officer

Ms Elisabetta Zennaro

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.

Email: and

Tel: +39 041 2720921


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