It is impossible to speak about the Venice School of Human Rights without spending also some words about EIUC: the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) is an interdisciplinary centre of excellence formed by 41 universities from all European Union Member States. It was founded in 2002 on a commitment to the realisation of the values promoted by the EU, the promotion of high-level inter-disciplinary human rights education, research, training and culture, and a shared global understanding of human rights and democracy. EIUC is located in Venice, Italy.
The mission of the EIUC is to foster a community of scholars, researchers and professionals to promote democracy and the implementation of human rights worldwide. The EIUC advances innovative programmes and projects that contribute to policy formation in Europe and assistance to neighboring countries, democracy and good governance, promotion of the rule of law, and overseas development cooperation.
The EIUC has close relations with the European Union. It is financed by the European Union through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR). It also serves as think-tank by organising « Diplomatic Conferences » on current political issues on human rights and democratisation by gathering academics, experts, officials of the European External Action Service and members of the European Commission. The EIUC is further enriched by the inputs of its Advisory Board composed by representatives of major intergovernmental, non-governmental, regional and local strategic partners.
The EIUC benefits from the important support of the City of Venice and contributes actively to its will of becoming the European Capital of Human Rights and Democracy. The City of Venice provides to EIUC the historical Monastery of San Nicolò and related premises as venue for the EIUC. Other key partners of EIUC are: the Council of Europe, UNESCO, UNHCHR, La Biennale di Venezia, OSCE, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and also several non-governmental organisations like the International Committee of the Red Cross, Human Rights Watch, the International Commission of Jurists and the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims.
The EIUC manages the Global Campus of Master’s Programmes and Diplomas in Human Rights and Democratisation (GC) whose activities cover all continents. Its main aim is to educate a new generation of human rights professionals in a global and integrated framework. Through the GC experience these students will be able to meet global challenges by finding solutions which are informed by universal values and standards, European human rights policies and regional approaches to human rights, and aimed at strengthening the resilience of democracies and democratic movements on all continents.
EIUC organizes also many events, courses, trainings and seminar about Human Rights and one of these is of course the Venice School of Human Rights: it was born in 2010 with the goal of studying today’s challenges in the field of human rights and today is one of EIUC most appreciated events. It allows its participants coming from all over the world to list these challenges and examine their reasons and possible solutions they can deploy. The Venice School at the same time, combines theory and practice and its faculty involves both academics and practitioners. Its intent is to highlight that the respect for human rights is the responsibility of all, that «Human Rights are our responsibility». The major challenge for us is to always reach the highest standards for which EIUC is famous and to offer our students a complete and exhaustive academic and personal experience.
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