A Double-Edged Sword: Benefits and Recommendations for Using Information and Communication Technology to Monitor or Investigate Human Rights European Master's Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation

Robin Pierro, Manfred Nowak, Ema Wolleswinkel, Chairperson, Ulrich George, Ema, Prof De Stefani
2015 unpublished
EIUC gracefully acknowledges the contribution of the European Commission which made this pubblication possible. The European Master's Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation (EMA) was launched in 1997 as a joint initiative of universities in all EU Member States with support from the European Commission. The aim from the outset was to prepare young professionals to respond to the requirements and challenges of work in international organisations, field operations, governmental and
more » ... nmental and non-governmental bodies, and academia. As a measure of its success, EMA soon came to serve as a model of inspiration for the establishment of other EU-sponsored regional master's programmes in the area of human rights and democratisation in different parts of the world. Since 2013 these are all connected and managed by the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) in the framework of the Global Campus of Human Rights. EMA is a one-year intensive master's degree devoted to the study of human rights and democratisation. Based on an action-and policy-oriented approach to learning, it combines legal, political, historical, anthropological, and philosophical perspectives with targeted skill-building activities. The interdisciplinarity and wide-ranging scope of EMA is testimony to the benefits of European inter-university cooperation and reflects the indivisible links between human rights, democracy, peace and development. 90 students are admitted to the EMA programme each year. During the first semester in Venice, students have the opportunity to meet and learn from leading academics, experts and representatives of international and non-governmental organisations. During the second semester, they relocate to one of the 41 participating universities to FOREWORD follow additional courses in an area of specialisation of their own choice and to write their thesis under the supervision of the EMA Director or other academic staff. After successfully passing exams and completing a master's thesis, students are awarded the European Master's Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation, which is jointly conferred by a group of EMA universities. Each year the EMA Council of Directors selects five theses, which stand out not only for their formal academic qualities but also for the originality of topic, innovative character of methodology and approach, and potential usefulness in raising awareness about neglected issues and capacity for contributing to the promotion of the values underlying human rights and democracy. A double-edged sword: benefits, challenges and recommendations for using information and communication technology to monitor or investigate human rights, Supervisor: Prof. Paolo De Stefani, University of Padua Like past editions, the selected theses demonstrate the richness and diversity of the EMA programme and the outstanding quality of the work performed by its students. On behalf of the Governing Bodies of EIUC and EMA and of all participating universities, we congratulate the authors.