The Global Campus of Human Rights (GC) was developed by the European Inter-University Centre (EIUC) in Venice and 7 regional programme. The Global Campus strives to promote human rights and democratisation through higher education, specialised training programmes, research and outreach in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe ,Arab world, Caucasus and the South East Europe. The Global Campus is supported by the European Union.
In 2017 EIUC and the Global Campus joined forces to elaborate a shared vision (and mission) which shall guide the organisation until 2020 and beyond. A living document and source of inspiration for the whole network
The shared vision the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation / Global Campus of Human Rights is:
“a world in which human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect of human rights,
as shared values of the EU and UN and as internationally binding legal standards, are fully realized”
The mission of EIUC/Global Campus is to develop as a strategic hub for the advancement, interconnection and coordination of key human resources and expertise in the area of human rights in all regions of the world, working with stakeholders at the governmental, inter-governmental and civil society levels. EIUC/Global Campus achieve its mission by strengthening the regional and global dimensions of human rights and democracy through education, training, research, promotional activities, and specialised advice, to contribute to sustainable peace, justice, and development.
The Global Campus experience is distinguished by: interdisciplinary insights, cross-cultural exchanges, a wider range of participants and partners, international mobility, global network opportunities, and the unwavering determination to shape a world culture of human rights. We have trained and supported generations of human rights advocates and defenders, governmental and non-governmental officers, academics and civil servants across the world.
The GC graduates hold the positions of Attorney-General, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Vice-Minister of Justice for Indigenous Peoples, High Court Judges, Chief Justice, high ranking diplomats, members and officials of national human rights institutions, University Dean, Vice-Rector, Chairperson of the UN Committee of the Rights of the Child, Judge at the European Court of Human Rights, Deputy Secretary to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Member of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, high ranking officials in regional organisations, officials in UN agencies, legal advisors for national and international institutions, leadership positions in civil society organisations, community-based initiatives, education institutions, and senior journalists.
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The Global Campus of Human Rights (formerly named European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation – EIUC) is a centre for education, training and research in human rights and democratisation mainly funded by the EU. It is based in Venice where it operates as a non-profit legal entity according to Italian law.
As laid out in its Statute, the Global Campus is governed by the Assembly (represented by the Rectors of each member university), the Global Campus Council (the organisation’s board of administrators, composed of 15 members), and the President and three Vice-Presidents. In addition, the Statute mandates a Secretary General, Honorary Presidents, an Advisory Board and a Statutory Auditor.
The Assembly and Council bear primary responsibility for giving direction to and overseeing both regional and global activities of the member institutions, as well as the management of the EU grant and financial contributions made by other partners.