As a result of a statutory reform in February 2019 and the election of governing bodies in December 2019, the network’s governing structure is a true example of global governance.

Governing Bodies

The Global Campus of Human Rights (formerly named European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation - EIUC) is a centre for education, training and research in human rights and democratisation mainly funded by the EU. It is based in Venice where it operates as a non-profit legal entity according to Italian law.

As laid out in its Statute, the Global Campus is governed by the Assembly (represented by the Rectors of each member university), the Global Campus Council (the organisation’s board of administrators, composed of 15 members), and the President and three Vice-Presidents. In addition, the Statute mandates a Secretary General, Honorary Presidents, an Advisory Board and a Statutory Auditor.

The Assembly and Council bear primary responsibility for giving direction to and overseeing both regional and global activities of the member institutions, as well as the management of the EU grant and financial contributions made by other partners.


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Global Campus Council Composition

The Global Campus Council for 2019-2023 includes the following 15 members:

  • Veronica Gomez, University of San Martin (Buenos Aires), GC President and representative of GC Latin America and Caribbean
  • Elina Pirjatanniemi, Abo Akademi University (Turku), 1st Vice President
  • Felipe Gómez Isa, University of Deusto (Bilbao), Vice President
  • Frans Viljoen, University of Pretoria, Vice President and representative of GC Africa
  • Thérèse Murphy, Queen's University Belfast, representative of GC Europe
  • Marco Borraccetti, University of Bologna, representative of GC South East Europe
  • Mike Hayes, Mahidol University, representative of GC Asia-Pacific
  • Artur Ghazinyan, Yerevan State University, representative of GC Caucasus
  • Jihad Nammour, University of Saint-Joseph, representative of GC Arab World
  • Yousra Abourabi, International University of Rabat
  • Kalliope Agapiou-Josephides, University of Cyprus
  • Christina Binder, University of Vienna
  • Christopher Mbazira, Makerere University (Kampala)
  • Ravi Prakash Vyas, Kathmandu School of Law
  • Carlos Joel Zelada Acuna, Universidad del Pacifico (Lima)

Global Campus Advisory Board

The GC Statute provides for an Advisory Board composed of representatives of important partner organisations or eminent human rights experts proposed by regional hubs.

Representatives of international, regional, national, and non-governmental organisations active in the field of human rights and democratisation:

  • Nada Al Nashif (United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, OHCHR; former Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences)
  • Niccolò Figà Talamanca (Secretary General, No Peace Without Justice)
  • Kate Gilmore (former United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, OHCHR)
  • Lotte Leicht (EU Director, Human Rights Watch)
  • Goran Miletic (Director for Europe, Civil Rights Defenders)
  • Thomas Millar (Head of Unit DEVCO/B1 – Governance, Democracy, Gender, Human Rights, European Union)
  • Michael O’Flaherty (Director, EU Fundamental Rights Agency)
  • Luisella Pavan-Woolfe (Head of Office and Director, Council of Europe Venice Office)
  • Miriam Reventlow (Director of Operations, International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims)
  • Volker Tuerk (United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Coordination; former Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, UNHCR)
  • UNESCO: representative to be confirmed

Individual members:

  • Cees Flintermann (Emeritus Professor of Constitutional and International Law, Maastricht University; former Member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee)
  • Paul Lemmens (Judge, European Court of Human Rights)
  • Cornelia Richter (former Member of the GIZ Management Board; former Vice President, International Fund for Agricultural Development)
  • Janelle Saffin (Human Rights Expert, former Member of the Australian Parliament)
  • Christian Strohal (Ambassador, Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Austria)
  • Andrea Subhan (Human Rights Expert; former European Parliament Official)
Veronica Gomez


Veronica Gomez

Veronica Gomez is the current Global Campus President. She was appointed by the GC Assembly at its meeting of 11 December 2019 in Pretoria (four-year mandate).

She is the Co-Director of the Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation in Latin America and the Caribbean (LATMA) organised by the University of San Martin in Buenos Aires. She has also served as Chairperson of the former Global Campus Council since 2015.

SHer professional path includes her role as Principal Specialist at the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights of the Organisation of American States in Washington (1998-2009) and as a Senior Advisor on Human Rights at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina (2010-2011).

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Elina Pirjatanniemi


Elina Pirjatanniemi

Elina Pirjatanniemi is Professor of Constitutional and International Law at Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland. Furthermore, she is the Director of the Institute for Human Rights at the same university.

She is an expert on human rights, as well as asylum and migration law, and on the relationship between human rights and criminal justice.

Her current research interests include vulnerable groups with a particular focus on irregular migration. Pirjatanniemi has a strong commitment in higher education development in the field of human rights and serves as one of the Vice-Presidents of the Global Campus of Human Rights.


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Felipe Gómez Isa


Felipe Gómez Isa

Felipe Gómez Isa is Professor of Public International Law and researcher at the Pedro Arrupe Institute of Human Rights of the University of Deusto (Bilbao, The Basque Country, Spain).

He was Spanish Representative before the UN open-ended working group for the adoption of the Optional Protocol to CEDAW.

He has been Director of the UN Fellowship Programme for Human Rights Education to Latin American indigenous peoples. He has published extensively on issues such as international protection of human rights, transitional justice or indigenous peoples' rights.

He is National Director of the EMA and Vice-Dean for International Relations of Deusto Law School.


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Frans Viljoen - Global Campus


Frans Viljoen

Frans Viljoen is the Director of the Centre for Human Rights in the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria.

His area of research is regional human rights protection, with particular emphasis on the African Union human rights standards, institutions and processes within their socio-economic and political context.

He is the author of International human rights law in Africa, which is one of the leading texts on the African human rights system. In 2000, he became the founding editor of the leading journal on human rights in Africa, the African Human Rights Law Journal, and has since then served as editor-in-chief for this publication.

Since 2017 he has been serving as founding editor of the African Human Rights Yearbook and the Global Campus Human Rights Journal.

He has served as visiting professor at several universities worldwide. Frans leads a number of teams that supported aspects of the mandate for special mechanisms of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.


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Mary Robinson

Honorary President

Mary Robinson

The first woman to be elected President of Ireland (1990-1997) and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002), Mary Robinson gained an international recognition for her commitment to human rights, democracy, climate justice and peace.

She advocated for human rights, women’s equality and LGBTI rights as a barrister in Irish courts and the European Court of Human Rights, including the landmark case Norris v. Ireland (1988).

Mary Robinson also co-chaired with Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro the Panel of Eminent Persons advising the Swiss government on an agenda of human rights on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 2008, where Manfred Nowak served as Rapporteur of the Panel. Today, she still holds various positions, such as Chair and Founding Member of The Elders and President of The Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice.

During her time as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson was closely cooperating with the European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA) and paid several visits to the Campus in Venice.

Facilitated by Dzidek Kedzia, then Senior Adviser to the High Commissioner and now GC Honorary President, Mary Robinson signed in 1999 an MoU with EMA Founder Antonio Papisca, which laid the foundations of the current cooperation between the Global Campus and OHCHR. She serves as GC/EUIC Honorary President since 2006, and in 2011 she was awarded with the EIUC Medal of Honour by then EIUC President, Prof. Horst Fischer, as a tribute to her long-lasting efforts in the promotion and protection of human rights.


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Honorary President

Prof. Zdzisław (Dzidek) Kędzia

Dzidek Kedzia teaches International Human Rights law and Constitutional Law at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (Poland), and is the Polish national director for the European Masters in Human Rights and Democratization (EMA). He served as GC / EIUC President from May 2016 till December 2019.

He has been the Minister-Counsellor in the Permanent Mission of Poland to the United Nations in Geneva (1991-1994) among others: General Rapporteur of the II World Conference on Human Rights (1993), Rapporteur of the 54th session of the Commission on Human Rights, Chairman-Rapporteur of the Drafting Group of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture. 1994-2005 – Senior Adviser to the High Commissioner for Human Rights, director of the Activities and Programmes Branch and of the Research and Right to Development Branch. He is also member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights since 2009.


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Manfred Nowak - Global Campus

Secretary General

Manfred Nowak

Manfred Nowak is Professor of International Law and Human Rights at Vienna University and Director of the Vienna Master of Arts in Human Rights. He has been appointed as Secretary General of the GC/EIUC in January 2016.

He served in various expert functions, such as UN expert on enforced disappearances (1993-2006), UN Special Rapporteur on Torture (2004-2010), judge at the Human Rights Chamber for Bosnia and Herzegovina (1996-2003) and Vice Chairperson of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (2013-2018). In 2016 he was appointed Independent Expert leading the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty.

He was Director of the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights at Utrecht University (SIM: 1987-1989) and of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights at Vienna University (BIM: 1992-2019) as well as Visiting Professor at the University of Lund (2002-2003), the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva (2008-2009), and at Stanford University in Palo Alto (2014).

He is author of more than 600 publications in the fields of public and international law and human rights.


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