Council of Europe

During the Graduation Ceremony of the European Masters in Human Rights and Democratisation 2012/2013 EIUC formalised its long standing cooperation with the Council of Europe by signing an Exchange of Letters

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The document was signed by Prof. Horst Fischer, EIUC President,
and Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General, Council of Europe.

This new partnership agreement foresees an increase in the cooperation between the two institutions through:

  • Lectures by Council of Europe staff and experts;
  • Participation in E.MA Graduation ceremonies;
  • Internship opportunities at the Council of Europe for EIUC graduates;
  • Joint promotion of the International Venice Prize for Democracy and the Rule of Law, promoted by the City of Venice with the support of the Venice Commission and the Council of Europe Venice Office;
  • organisation of ad hoc joint events with the help of the Council of Europe Venice Office.


Council of EuropeThe Council of Europe is an international organisation in Strasbourg which comprises 47 countries of Europe. It was set up to promote democracy and protect human rights and the rule of law in Europe.

The primary aim of the Council of Europe is to create a common democratic and legal area throughout the whole of the continent, ensuring respect for its fundamental values: human rights, democracy and the rule of law. These values are the foundations of a tolerant and civilised society and indispensable for European stability, economic growth and social cohesion. On the basis of these fundamental values, we try to find shared solutions to major problems such as terrorism, organised crime and corruption, cybercrime, bioethics and cloning, violence against children and women, and trafficking in human beings. Co-operation between all member states is the only way to solve the major problems facing society today.


  • to protect human rights, pluralist democracy and the rule of law;  
  • to promote awareness and encourage the development of Europe's cultural identity and diversity;
  • to find common solutions to the challenges facing European society;
  • to consolidate democratic stability in Europe by backing political, legislative and constitutional reform.