Second Round Deadline:

30 March 2020

Extended Deadline:

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.


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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 Global Campus of Human Rights
  • 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 Global Campus of Human Rights 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 Global Campus of Human Rights 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 Global Campus of Human Rights President and Secretary General (with consultative status)

The current members of the EMA Executive Committee are:

  • Thérèse Murphy (Queen’s University, Belfast) – Chairperson
  • George Ulrich (EMA Programme Director)
  • Prof. Florence Benoît-Rohmer (University of Strasbourg)
  • Radu Carp (University of Bucharest)
  • Dr. Hans-Joachim Giessmann (University of Hamburg)
  • Prof. Dr. jur. Hans-Joachim Heintze (Ruhr-University Bochum)
  • Maria-Daniella Marouda (Panteion University, Athens)
  • Orsolya Salat (Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest)

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.

Who's Who

Prof. Thérèse Murphy - Global Campus

EMA Chairperson

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'.


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Dr. Wiebke Lamer - Global Campus

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.

Her first book, entitled Press Freedom as an International Human Right, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in March 2018. It examines the global politics of press freedom and the treatment of press freedom in the international human rights framework, specifically at the UN. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Human Rights and the Global Campus Human Rights Journal.

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.



Tel: +39 041 2720920


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Dr. Chiara Altafin - Global Campus

Research Manager

Dr. Chiara Altafin

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.


Tel: +39 041 2720919


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Daniela La Mattina - Global Campus

EMA Executive Officer

Daniela La Mattina

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.

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Tel: +39 041 2720922


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Sara Tosoni - Global Campus

EMA Executive Officer

Sara Tosoni

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.

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Tel: +39 041 2720921


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Elisabetta Zennaro - Global Campus

EMA Executive Officer

Elisabetta Zennaro

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.

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Tel: +39 041 2720921


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Stefania Saccarola - Global Campus


Stefania Saccarola

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.

She is the main reference person for the Global Campus Open Knowledge Repository, institutional publications and copyright issues.

Stefania holds a MA in Librarianship and Cultural Heritage Preservation and worked as a library assistant at the University of Bologna and the National Library Marciana in Venice.

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Tel: +39 041 2720925


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