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

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.

In order to carry out the function of Secretary General successfully, he cooperates and interacts with a great number of different stakeholders: He is the head of some 30 staff of EIUC in the Monastery of San Nicolò at the Lido in Venice, he is responsible for the preparation and implementation of decisions of the governing bodies of EIUC (Assembly and Board of Administrators under the leadership of Dzidek Kedzia as President of EIUC), he cooperates with the coordinating universities of the Global Campus under the chair of Veronica Gomez, the EIUC Advisory Board and with the students of the various Master Programmes and more than 3,000 graduates who are represented by the Global Campus Alumni Associations.

In addition, he interacts with various institutions of the European Union, which is the main source of funding for EIUC/Global Campus, above all the Commission (DEVCO), the Parliament, the External Action Service (EEAS) and the Council Working Group COHOM, with other international organizations (e.g. UN, UNESCO, Council of Europe, OSCE), non-governmental organizations and development agencies (e.g. GIZ).

Manfred Nowak has a long history with the pioneering programme of the Global Campus, the European Master in Human Rights and Democratisation (EMA): He was teaching already in the first programme in 1997, then representing the University of Vienna and acting as Austrian National Director until his appointment as Secretary General. He also served as Chair of EMA between the years 2000 and 2007. He was among the founders of EIUC in 2002 and also taught in other Master programmes of the Global Council, such as in Africa and South East Europe. His vision for the next years is to broaden the Global Campus network of currently 100 universities, to further integrate the various components of the Global Campus and to transform EIUC/Global Campus from a European-centred to a truly global institution with an effective global governance structure. At the same time, he wishes to further develop the seat of EIUC and the Global Campus in Venice, and the relationship with local partners with a special focus on the interaction between the arts and human rights. Most importantly, he feels that in a time of multiple economic, financial, climate and other global crises, which undermine the basic universal values of peace, democracy, global justice, human rights and the rule of law, academics have a particular responsibility to speak out and to strengthen human rights education at every level of human learning in order to foster a universal culture of human rights.

In addition to his function as Secretary General of EIUC/Global Campus, Manfred Nowak still has a part-time Professorship of International Human Rights at the University of Vienna (where he is head of the Vienna Master of Arts in Human Rights and two human rights research centres). Moreover, in October 2016 he was appointed as UN Expert to lead the Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty, a function he carries out in close cooperation with EIUC and the Global Campus participating universities as well as with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, which he founded in 1992 in Vienna.

Aside from Vienna University, Manfred Nowak was Professor of International Law and Human Rights at various prestigious universities, such as Utrecht, Lund, Stanford and the Graduate Institute in Geneva and has published more than 600 books and articles in this field, including various language editions of the CCPR-Commentary, a CAT-Commentary and an Introduction to the International Human Rights Regime. His latest books deal with the human rights as an answer to growing economic inequality (Menschenrechte - Eine Antwort auf die wachsende ökonomische Ungleichheit, Konturen Hamburg 2016) and with the limits of privatization from a human rights perspective (Human Rights or Global Capitalism, Pennsylvania Press 2017).

In the past, Manfred Nowak also carried out various expert functions for the UN, the Council of Europe, the EU and other inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations. Most importantly, he served for many years in various functions as UN Expert on Enforced Disappearances (1993 to 2006), as one of eight international judges in the Human Rights Chamber for Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo (1996 to 2003), and as UN Special Rapporteur on Torture (2004 to 2010).

Email: manfred.nowak@eiuc.org
Phone: +39 347 6263102

 
 

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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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