Faculty of LawComenius University in Bratislava


European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA) is organised by the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC). This programme is primarily funded by the European Union and Veneto region. E.MA closely cooperates with a number of international organisations, such as UNESCO, OHCHR, German Agency for Technical Cooperation, Council of Europe, Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, etc.

E.MA is a one-year intensive programme intended for educating experts in the area of human rights and democratisation and it provides its graduates with an opportunity to gain practical experience. It is a combination of academic and practical training. This multidisciplinary programme incorporates an inseparable connection between human rights, democracy, peace and development.

E.MA programme starts with preparatory sessions with the major topics being politics, philosophy and law and these are followed by lessons, seminars, workshops, consultations, sessions for building skills and developing individual research.

Academic year is divided into two semesters: the courses are held in Venice - Lido during the first semester and at any of the partner universities located in the EU member state during the second semester. The core of the study plan of the first E.MA semester is composed of five thematic fields (first block) intended for all students. The activities within the second block are intended for smaller groups.

The assessment of the first semester is carried out through written assignments and occasional written exams. Only successful students will be able to proceed to the second semester of the programme.

Students attend further specialised courses during the second semester depending on the host university.

Once they have successfully passed their exams and completed their theses, the students will obtain a diploma in European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation.

The Council of E.MA annually awards 5 best theses selected on the basis of their academic quality, genuine character and contribution to the promotion and implementation of human rights and democratic values.

The following requirements should be met by a prospective applicant for this programme:

- university education

- 240 ECTS credits obtained for studies in a field related to human rights

- English and French (it is a bilingual programme)

- previous experience in the area of human rights within governmental and non-governmental organisations is an advantage

Selection criteria: academic skills and background, experience, motivation and language skills.

Further information, list of partnership universities and call for submitting applications is available at:


Contact person at FoL, CU: prof. JUDr. Mária Patakyová, CSc., tel: 592 44 427