Governance

The network’s governing structure reflects to date the governance articulation of its key partners: EIUC with its Assembly and Board of Administrators, the Councils and Executive/Steering Committees of each regional network, and the Global Campus Council where representatives of both EIUC and the regional coordinating universities sit together.

EIUC and its Governing Bodies

The European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) was established in 2002 as a centre for education, training and research in human rights and democracy composed by 38 European Universities, and based in Venice where it operates as a non-profit legal entity according to Italian law. In 2012 the European Commission requested EIUC to take up the role of coordinating the Global Campus. As laid out in its Statute, EIUC is governed by its Assembly (presently composed by one Representative per each of its 38 European Universities), a Board of Administrators (composed by 8 members elected by the EIUC Assembly), by a President and three Vice-Presidents. In addition, the statute foresees the function of a Secretary General (general director of the Centre), of an Honorary President and of an Advisory Board assisting with scientific and practical recommendations for the Centre’s operations.

The EIUC Assembly and Board of Administrators bear the primary responsibility for the EIUC/GC consolidated action and are the counterparts to the EU in relation to the administration of the Action grant. The role of the EIUC governing bodies is to ensure coordination among all master’s programmes belonging to the GC Council, management of the joint activities organised together with the Global Campus partners, and direct management of E.MA and all additional educational, training and research activities organised by EIUC.

 
 

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Global Campus Council

The Global Campus Council is the body comprising all coordinating partners in the Global Campus network (EIUC, University of Sarajevo and Bologna, University of Pretoria, State University of Yerevan, University of San Martin – Buenos Aires, University of Saint Joseph - Beirut, University of Mahidol – Bangkok.

T ensures the strengthening of the common core elements in the various members’ Master’s programmes and the:

  • Organising and implementing of the connecting integrating activities
  • Developing the integration of the different Master’s programmes
  • Securing the necessary funding of the different GC activities
  • Periodic joint reviews of the different elements of the GC, including the Master’s programmes,
  • and taking into account the ultimate objective of achieving integration
  • Any other activity required to support the GC in pursuing its aims

The GC Council is chaired by the Global Campus Council Chair and is composed by:

  • Two (2) representatives of each participating Member programme (EMA, ERMA, HRMA
  • APMA, CES, LATMA, ARMA)
  • The EIUC President, ex officio
  • The EIUC Secretary-General, ex officio
  • One (1) representative of the European Commission, DEVCO (consultative member)
  • One (1) representative of the European External Action Service (consultative member)
  • A representative of the GCAlumni Associations (consultative member)
  • Any other consultative members as determined by the GC Council
 
 

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GC/EIUC Advisory Board

Both the EIUC Statute and the Global Campus MoU envisage Advisory Councils/ Bodies. EIUC/CG have moved forward with the idea of envisaging a joint Advisory Board, where the members which are already part of the EIUC Advisory Body are joined by important organisations or individuals proposed by the Regional Coordinating Universities.

The current composition of the GC/EIUC Advisory Board includes:

  • Nada AL NASHIF (Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO);
  • Niccolò FIGA’ TALAMANCA (Secretary General, No Peace Without Justice);
  • Kate GILMORE, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, OHCHR;
  • Lotte LEICHT (Director, Human Rights Watch - Brussels);
  • Goran MILETIC (Director for Europe, Civil Rights Defenders);
  • Thomas MILLAR, Head of Unit DEVCO/B1 – Governance, Democracy, Gender, Human Rights, EU – DEVCO;
  • Ciara O’BRIEN, COHOM Chair, EEAS;
  • Michael O’FLAHERTY (Director, EU Fundamental Rights Agency - FRA);
  • Miriam REVENTLOW (Director of Operations, IRCT);
  • Cornelia RICHTER (Management Board, GIZ);
  • Volker TUERK, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection & Director of the Division of International Protection, UNHCR
  • Luisella PAVAN-WOOLFE, Head of Office, Director, CoE Venice Office

Individual members:

  • Cees FLINTERMANN, Emeritus Professor of HR and former member of the UN Human Rights Committee, Maastricht
  • Paul LEMMENS (Judge, European Court of Human Rights);
  • 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, former EP official, Human Rights expert
 
 

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EIUC President

Prof. Zdzisław (Dzidek) Kędzia

Prof. Kedzia teaches International Human Rights law and Constitutional Law at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (Poland), he is also the Polish national director for the European Masters in Human Rights and Democratization (E.MA), at the European Inter-University Centre for HumanRights and Democratization EIUC Venice.

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 has also been a member of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights since 2009, where he was re-elected and his terms will continue from 1 January 2013 through to 31 December 2016.

He is a member of the European Union’s research project “Fostering Human Rights Among European (external and internal) policies” FP7-Frame, a collaborative research project funded under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

Main tasks of the EIUC President

Professor Zdzisław(Dzidek) Kędzia, Poznan, was appointed for a four-year period by the EIUC Assembly at its meeting on 7 May 2016.

  • The President legally represents the Centre towards third parties and in legal acts.
  • The President prepares and implements the policies of EIUC in accordance with statutory provisions.
  • The President will summon and chair the Assembly and the Board of Administrators. He/she will supervise the proper functioning of services and staff, as well as the implementation of the directions enacted by the Assembly, the Board of Administrators, and the Advisory Board, giving the appropriate instructions to the Secretary General.
  • The President, subject to authorization by the Board of Administrators, signs the contracts with the European Union and the co-operation agreements with other international and national organisations, either public or private in nature.

Contacts details of EIUC President

Prof. Dr. Zdzisław (Dzidek) Kędzia
Faculty of Law and Administration ADAM MICKIEWICZ UNIVERSITY Sw. Marcin 90, 61-809 Poznan Poland
Tel: +39 041 2720911
Fax: +39 041 2720911
Email: zdzislaw.kedzia@eiuc.org

 
 

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Honorary President

Mary Robinson

The EIUC Assembly unanimously elected Mary Robinson as Honorary President at its December 2005 Annual Meeting following a proposal by President Horst Fischer.

Mary Robinson provides the organisation with valuable advice in responding to the needs for human rights education, training and trans-boundary research and human rights promotion.

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 has also been a member of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights since 2009, where he was re-elected and his terms will continue from 1 January 2013 through to 31 December 2016.

 
 

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Secretary General

Prof. Manfred Nowak

Manfred Nowak was appointed Secretary General in January 2016. He is primarily responsible for the well-functioning and well-being of EIUC as an institution under Italian law and all its activities in the framework of the Global Campus of Human Rights, including seven Master programmes in different world regions and various other education, training and research programmes and projects.

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 has also been a member of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights since 2009, where he was re-elected and his terms will continue from 1 January 2013 through to 31 December 2016.

 
 

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Global Campus Chair

Veronica Gomez

Dr. Veronica Gomez has been Global Campus Chairperson since 2015. She is 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 been a Principal Human Rights Specialist at the Executive Secretariat of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States in Washington DC (1998-2009) and a Senior Adviser at the Human Rights Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Argentina (2010-2011).

 
 

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