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ItemAgreement on the European Master's Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (EMA Joint Programme)( 2017-12-12)When EMA universities decided to develop into the association EIUC, this important evolution had a fundamental impact also on the conception of the EMA degree. Upon initiative of the University of Padua, the coordinator of the programme since 1997, the degree which the university was issuing on behalf of the whole university network became a true “joint degree”, one of the first examples of joint degrees in the European academic environment in line with the Bologna process and reform surrounding the ECTS system. The Agreement, which has been also recently updated, defines the relationship among the 7 universities jointly issuing the EMA Degree – the so-called Inner Circle Universities – and regulates the special role of the University of First Enrolment, i.e. the University of Padua.
ItemCharter of the European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation( 2016-09-23)The so called “Venice Charter” – i.e. the EMA Statute - was signed in 1997 at Villa Herriot, in the island of Giudecca – Venice by the representatives of the 10 founding European universities of EMA, and is the document which formalised for the first time the establishment of the European Master’s Programme. The Venice Charter outlines the aim and objectives of the Master’s Programme in spreading a culture of human rights through integrated teaching and training, defines the rights and duties of the member universities, the composition and tasks of its governing bodies (EMA Council, EMA Executive Committee, EMA Academic Curriculum Group, etc.), specifies the programme essential two-semester structure, mobility programme, harmonisation of curricula, assessment system, and many other aspects of the programme's functioning.
Item20 Years of EMA : the European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation(Libreria Editrice Cafoscarina srl, 2017)‘Bearing in mind the principles of the International Law of Human Rights and in the spirit of inter-university cooperation, we declare open the Academic Year of the European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation.’ These words, constituting a solemn and challenging commitment, were read out in chorus for the first time at 12 noon on 6 October 1997 in the Palazzo Ducale by rectors and professors from the universities participating in EMA, for the opening of the academic year. Every year since then, this reference to the great universal values that international human rights law has turned into principles of ius positum, has been repeated, as a confirmation of the commitment of European academia for the effectiveness of this ‘new’ law. That day in 1997 was the official start date of the original undertaking that was the European Master’s Programme. The preliminary stage had begun in the latter part of 1996 and had completed in July 1997, in Villa Herriot on Giudecca Island, when the EMA Statute, known as the Venice Charter, was adopted. We wanted to combine the contents of Article 6 of the Amsterdam Treaty, signed that same year, with the incipit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that indicates teaching and education as the most effective guarantee of human rights and fundamental freedoms. The immediate idea was to develop a new higher education project in an inter-university structure that would also serve as a more general message of integration and peace. For the first six years, the University of Padua was the legal and organisational ‘womb’ for this inspiring enterprise.