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.
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 neighbouring 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. In July 2011 the Mayor of Venice and the EIUC President have signed a Memorandum of Understanding which sets the core elements of the Statute of the “Human Rights Village” (HRV), Centre of Excellence for an holistic model to teaching, training, research, advocacy, counselling, advice in human rights, democratisation, peace, justice, democracy, sustainable development as well as other interrelated issues. The City of Venice provides to EIUC the historical Monastery of San Nicolò and related premises as venue for the EIUC and the HRV.
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.