The European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA) - organised by the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) - is the primary Programme of the European Union to educate professionals in the field of human rights and
democratisation. It is an intensive one-year multidisciplinary joint degree academic programme reflecting the indivisible links between human rights, democracy, peace and development with a practice-oriented approach.
As of December 2009, seven universities are issuing the European Joint Degree : University of Graz,
Catholic University Leuven, Ruhr-University Bochum, University of Hamburg, University of Padua, Ca’
Foscari University of Venice, University of Deusto, Bilbao. More universities are expected to accede
to the Joint Degree Agreement in the course of 2010.
The E.MA programme offers an action and policy-oriented approach to learning about international
law, politics, philosophy, history and anthropology of human rights. Students coming from EU
Member States and all over the world have the opportunity to meet and be taught by leading
academics representing the 41 E.MA participating universities, experts and representatives of
international organisations (including the European Union, the United Nations, the Council of Europe
and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe-OSCE) as well as NGOs, while studying
in a multicultural environment.
E.MA students, upon completion of all course’s components, are expected to gain both academic
and practical skills : on the one hand, the ability to conduct independent and interdisciplinary
academic research in relation to human rights and democratisation issues ; on the other hand, skills
which are relevant to human rights practitioners such as reporting, fact-finding, and monitoring.