Organisational Structure

As stated in the Venice Charter of the European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation, the organisational structure of the E.MA Programme consists of the following organs:

  • The E.MA Council
  • The E.MA Executive Committee
  • The Academic Curriculum Group
  • The E.MA Programme Director
  • The E.MA Directors
  • The Advisory Board

E.MA 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 E.MA 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 E.MA Director, or his/her alternate)
  • The E.MA Programme Director (ex officio member)
  • The EIUC President and Secretary General (with consultative status)
  • Two representatives of the student body (with consultative status)

E.MA Executive Committee

The Executive Committee shall:

  • Implement the decisions of the Council
  • Nominate the E.MA 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 E.MA Chairperson
  • The E.MA 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 E.MA Executive Committee are:

  • Prof. Ria Wolleswinkel (University of Maastricht) – Chairperson
  • Dr. Piero Sullo (E.MA Programme Director)
  • Prof. Wolfgang Benedek (University of Graz)
  • Prof. Paolo De Stefani (University of Padua)
  • Prof. Brice Dickson (Queen’s University Belfast)
  • Prof. Koen Lemmens (KU Leuven)
  • Dr. Anna-Sara Lind (Uppsala University)
  • Prof. Michael O’Flaherty (National University of Ireland, Galway)
  • Prof. Petra Roter (University of Ljubljana)
  • Prof. Horst Fischer – EIUC President
  • Prof. Florence Benoit-Rohmer – EIUC Secretary General

Academic Curriculum Group

The Academic Curriculum Group reviews the curriculum of the programme, and makes appropriate recommendations to the Council and the Executive Committee. 
The current members of the E.MA Academic Curriculum Group are:

  • Prof. Ria Wolleswinkel (University of Maastricht) – Chairperson
  • Dr. Piero Sullo (E.MA Programme Director)
  • Prof. Kalliope Agapiou-Josephides (University of Cyprus)
  • Prof. Wolfgang Benedek (University of Graz)
  • Prof. Jean-Paul Jacqué (Université de Strasbourg)
  • Prof. Stelios Perrakis (Panteion University, Athens)

E.MA Programme Director

The E.MA Programme Director shall, inter alia:

  • Implement and develop the Programme
  • Liaise with E.MA Directors, Rectors and Presidents of universities, the E.MA 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

Dr. Piero Sullo is the E.MA Programme Director.

E.MA Directors

The E.MA Directors shall:

  • Ensure the implementation of the E.MA Programme at their respective universities
  • Execute the decisions of the Council and the Executive Committee

 

The E.MA 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
  • UNESCO
  • 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