EMA, The European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation
Second Round Deadline:
30 March 2020
12 May 2020
What is EMA
The European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation (EMA) is the main teaching programme of the Global Campus of Human Rights(GC).
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.
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. Thérèse Murphy
Thérèse Murphy is chairperson of the European Master's on Human Rights and Democratisation, and sits on the Council of the Global Campus of Human Rights. She is professor of law at Queen’s University Belfast.
Her work focuses on human rights law and practice. She is particularly interested in questions concerning health and human rights, including the right to science and the relationship between new technologies and human rights. She is also interested in human rights method.
She has been a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard Law School, a Holding Redlich Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Monash University, a Visiting Research Professor at the Law & Innovation Group at Newcastle University, and both a Jean Monnet Fellow and a Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute. Her work has also won awards from two of the UK’s Research Councils and from the Canadian High Commission.
Thérèse’s books include The United Nations Special Procedures System; European Law and New Health Technologies; Civil Liberties Law: The Human Rights Act Era; and New Technologies and Human Rights. Her book, Health and Human Rights, marked 10 years of the Hart/Bloomsbury series 'Human Rights Law in Perspective'.
EMA Programme Director
Dr. Wiebke Lamer
Dr Wiebke Lamer is EMA Programme Director since February 2020. Prior to this, she held the position of Deputy EMA Programme Director (2018-2020) and EMA Fellow (2015-2018).
She is responsible for the operational and academic management of the programme, student support, and liaison with the network of EMA professors and other stakeholders. She teaches the International Relations Rolling Seminar, lectures on the topic of media and democracy and conducts academic skills, research methods and thesis proposal workshops.
Wiebke holds a Ph.D. in International Studies from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, USA, and master’s degrees in International Relations and US Foreign Policy from the University of Leicester and the University of London in the UK, respectively. Her undergraduate degree from De Montfort University is in Media Studies and American Studies.
Wiebke has conducted research for various Global Campus projects and publications. She coordinated the EMA research contribution to the Global Classroom in Buenos Aires (2019) on new technologies and human rights, in Yerevan (2018) on diasporas and in Bangkok (2017) on securitisation. She is a co-author of the chapter “Children Living in Prisons with Their Primary Caregivers” of the 2019 UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty and has contributed to Global Campus e-Learning activities such as the EU CONVINCE MOOC on Citizenship and Human Rights Education for Change. Currently she is coordinating a MOOC on Children’s Rights and Technology in the Digital Age.
Wiebke’s research interests include press and media freedom, media and democracy, information disorder, democracy in international relations, and new technologies and human rights.
Before joining EMA, Wiebke taught courses on International Relations, International Political Economy and Comparative Politics at universities in the Norfolk, Virginia area. In the US, Wiebke also worked for the Afghanistan team at NATO’s Civil-Military Fusion Centre and was a social media consultant for NATO ACT.
Dr. Chiara Altafin leads various research-based activities and projects at the Global Campus Headquarters, with a primary focus on strengthening research, education, training, network-building and advocacy for the rights of children.
She has also worked as EMA Fellow for the EMA Programme since September 2015, and in this role lectures on topics related to human rights, International and European law, coordinates and teaches in the Cluster on Children’s Rights, and conducts academic skills and thesis proposal workshops.
She holds a Ph.D in International Law from the European University Institute, an LL.M in Comparative, European and International Law from the EUI, a Master’s in Rule of Law, Democracy and Human Rights from LUISS University, and graduated cum laude at the Law Department of 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.
Currently she is leading a project on Independent Children's Rights Institutions as well as the UN Global Study component of the ACRiSL project ‘Advancing Child Rights Strategic Litigation’. She is one of the editors of GC Human Rights Preparedness. Previously she edited the GCHRJ’s first special focus on children’s rights. She also coordinated the EMA research contribution to the Global Classroom 2020 focusing on children deprived of liberty. In 2018-2019 she was lead researcher on the situation of ‘children living in prisons with their primary caregivers’ for the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty. In 2016-2017 she was senior researcher on the FP7 FRAME project.
Her main research interests are: children’s rights; economic, social and cultural rights in times of crisis, including in contexts of armed conflict and occupation; business and human rights; social justice; environmental justice; and governance.
Over the last twelve years she has worked as lecturer and research and teaching assistant in International Organization and Human Rights, Human Rights and International Protection, International Law, International Protection of Cultural Heritage, and International Criminal Law at LUISS University, where she also was a member of the Research Team on the FP7 PRIV-WAR project. She conducted research and editorial activities for the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI). She worked as a trainee lawyer at Avvocatura Generale dello Stato in Rome and has been admitted to the Italian Bar.
Daniela La Mattina started working for the Global Campus in 2018. 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.
She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Bologna and a MA in Human Rights and Conflict Management from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, in Pisa. Prior to joining EIUC, she spent three years at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, working in a project aimed at promoting social mobility in education.
She previously worked in the field of democracy support at the European Parliament, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance and the Italian Embassy in the Republic of Congo.
Sara started working for the Global Campus in 2020. She liaises with partner universities, professors and students for what concerns certificates, general enquiries about the EMA Programme’s structure and other administrative procedures. She is also responsible for managing the GCHR EU-UN Fellowship Programmes and EMA Internships.
Before joining the GC, Sara worked as an office assistant at Telenergy, a company engaged in renewable energies and photovoltaic installations. She previously spent one year in Brussels studying at the University of Saint-Louis and working as a social work team assistant for Fédasil, a refugee centre for unaccompanied minors.
After obtaining a Master’s Degree in Human Rights at the University of Padova, she conducted an internship as a legal and advocacy officer for minority rights at the NGO Global Human Rights Defence located in The Hague.
Elisabetta Zennaro started working for the Global Campus in 2008. 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 started working for GC Europe / EMA in 2001. She literally built the library from scratch and developed it through the years as a highly specialized research library. In parallel, she has continuously adopted new technology aimed at enhancing access and usability.