The Global Campus of Human Rights is an EU-funded global network of universities based on cooperation between the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) – the network’s focal point and umbrella organisation – and seven Regional Programmes which are based in Venice for Europe, in Sarajevo/Bologna for South East Europe, in Yerevan for the Caucasus, in Pretoria for Africa, in Bangkok for Asia-Pacific, in Buenos Aires for Latin America and the Caribbean, and in Beirut for the Arab world.
The mission of EIUC/Global Campus is to develop as a strategic hub for the advancement, interconnection and coordination of key human resources and expertise in the area of human rights in all regions of the world, working with stakeholders at the governmental, inter-governmental and civil society levels. We do so by strengthening the regional and global dimensions of human rights and democracy through education, training, research, promotional activities, and specialised advice, to contribute to sustainable peace, justice, and development.
Human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law, and respect of human rights are fundamental values for all human beings and societies, and essential to the sustainable development of all nations.
Our vision recognizes them as equally essential and interconnected. They are the principles which constitute the foundation of human rights, which are in turn interdependent and indivisible.
Human dignity stands first as all-encompassing principle. As provided by the Charter of the United Nations (1945) and by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) “the recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world”.
ERMA IN THE GLOBAL CAMPUS OF HUMAN RIGHTS
This large network, whose overall composition includes 100 prestigious universities, is the largest university network in the world specialised on human rights and democracy issues. Its partners are renowned worldwide for their leading role in education, research and advocacy in human rights and democratisation.
The key actors in the network are:
The European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC). EIUC is the hub of the Global Campus network and managing institution of the European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation (EMA);
The Universities of Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Bologna (Italy) coordinating the European Regional Master`s Programme in Democracy and Human Rights in South East Europe (ERMA);
The State University of Yerevan (Armenia) coordinating the Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation in the Caucasus (CES);
The University of Pretoria (South Africa), coordinating the Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa (HRDA);
The University of Mahidol (Bangkok, Thailand), coordinating the Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation in Asia Pacific (APMA);
The University of San Martin, (Buenos Aires, Argentina), coordinating the Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation in Latin American and the Caribbean (LATMA);
The University of Saint Joseph (Beirut, Lebanon), coordinating the Arab Master’s Programme in Democracy and Human Rights (ARMA).
The benefits of such a diverse and regionally focused network are multiple. For students, all the EIUC /GC participating universities together present a richness and variety of perspectives on human rights that no single department or faculty could offer. For professors and experts, who devote their time and expertise to this common endeavour, the cooperation brings insight and inspiration, which in turn enriches the participating institutions. Their experience in working together on curriculum development, teaching methodology, student selection and evaluation, and even the awarding of degrees, marks a unique example of global inter-university cooperation.