Artist: Ingeborg Bloem / CC-BY-NC-SA 
Art Work is part of Thomas Coombes (EMA 2006) partnership with Fine Acts on Reimagining Human Rights.
(The image has been modified to fit the newsletter's format)
Dear alumni and friends,
I sometimes wonder what my life would have looked like had I not applied for the EMA one far away day on an island in the Indian Ocean. Certainly different. I have regretted some of the paths I have strayed from when life made me choose. Never the EMA path though. After I became an alum of the EMA I realized that there were consequences of my choice: I had become a member of a global network of people interested in human rights and democracy - whether I wanted to or not.
My career took off in far-flung places of our world where I soon realized that I could reach out to the alumni. Chances were high that someone from the network was already there or had been there. That connection would offer professional support, cultural advice, and an introduction to the social scene. That is the power of the network. I have experienced it. In Afghanistan, I shared an office with an alum. The same was the case in Georgia. And I have stumbled upon alumni in Sudan, South Africa, Geneva, and many other places around the world. And I am not alone. We count some 1.900 alumni scattered around the globe. The EMAlumni Association is a network that is truly global and it is alive because of you.
At the heart of our Association lies the Board. There are nine dedicated board members who help drive our association. All are volunteers. They represent a variety of graduation years, nationalities, and personalities. The power of voluntarism is fantastic. Most of those involved in our work can testify to that. I am currently borrowing the seat of the EMAlumni Association presidency. Others have done that before me, and many will do so when I sign out one fine day. Our General Assembly is coming up from 24 May 2021, until 4 June 2021. This is your opportunity to show support and vote for the alumni you want on your Board or run for the Board and get closer to the heart of the EMAlumni Association.
I think you should go to our
website and register, visit us on Facebook and LinkedIn, join our projects and participate in shaping our association. Plug into this fantastic, global network of like-minded human rights and democracy defenders. I promise you that you will not regret the experience.
Happy voting at our General Assembly!
President of the EMAlumni Association


The Career Development & Wellbeing Webinars took place in March and were a big success!
The idea was born in Venice last October during the Career Days organised for the current EMA students. Through a participatory approach, a needs-based survey conducted with students and shaped the content and format of the webinars. We offered three webinars of 1:50 hours each: two on Career Development and one on Wellbeing while working in human rights and humanitarian settings. There were more than 100 registrations from Alumni and students!
We thank our wonderful Alumni speakers Sara Melkko, Nona Mohammadi Imir, Aine Travers, Gabriel Alves de Faria and Adam Jacobi Møller. A special thanks goes to our Alum Fionnuala Flynn who led the organization of the webinars and was one of the speakers too. 

If you want to have access to the materials and the recordings of the webinars please contact us at

If you are an Alum and would like to lead or help us running a project for the EMA community, do get in touch at


The Global Campus Alumni Association in collaboration with the Right Livelihood Foundation organised a series of webinars involving Right Livelihood Laureates, GC Alumni and experts to investigate cross-cutting issues related to Children's Rights.

Read more about them
here and follow their page for future initiatives.

News and updates    

ERASMUS+ PROGRAMME: Traineeship opportunities 


The Global Campus of Human Rights is collecting expressions of interest from organisations willing to host EMA students as interns. If the organisation you work for is willing to host EMA students as Erasmus+ interns you can express your interest until the 24th of May
You can read all about it
For more information and to join the initiative please contact Ms. Elisabetta Zennaro at and


SUMMER SCHOOL: Cinema Human Rights and Advocacy

The 16th edition of the Summer School in Cinema Human Rights and Advocacy is a training initiative jointly developed by the Global Campus of Human Rights (GC) and Picture People. Up to 14 scholarships for children’s rights experts will be offered this year!
The deadline for applications is 20 June 2021.

Find out more information 


MOOC: Child Participation and the Right to a Sustainable Environment

MOOC asks children’s rights experts, environment specialists, human rights scholars and young climate activists to examine concepts, standards and practices of rights-based participation of children in environmental matters. Through free and open access to current knowledge and debates, the course speaks to a worldwide audience - and young people specifically - to inform those who are seeking human rights guidance, encourage those who are curious to know more, support those who are already acting, and ultimately boost effective change.

Course dates: From 31 May to 11 July 2021

Free enrolment until 27 June 2021.


Outgoing members

As the General Assembly approaches we are about to say goodbye to two of our Board members.
Charles and Shane, thank you very much for all your energy, work and dedication to our Association!

Charles Slidders

Every member of the board devotes a significant amount of time and effort and, more importantly, energy to the furtherance of the Association. Throughout my tenure as a member of the Board, I have been constantly amazed by the effort and commitment of my colleagues: each and every one of them makes a unique and important contribution to the Association.  They are all great individuals, warriors for Human Rights, and committed to the future of the EMA programme and the Association.  I cannot speak highly enough of their contributions. The Board – and you the Alumni - make the Association what it is.  Please become (or continue to be) supportive members.

Shane Cogan

The EMAlumni is an important network of facilitators, dedicated human rights workers and change-makers. I really enjoyed my year with the board. Colleagues continue to champion crucial work while trying to expand the Alumni. It’s important that we continue to support the current board and future boards in their work and project ideas.
The General Assembly 2021 will take place online from 24 May 2021, 11:00 CET until 4 June 2021, 23:59 CET.
If you want to run for the board, please submit your candidacy 
here. Campaigns for board members can be posted from 10 May 2021, 13:00 CEST until 19 May 2021, 23:59 CEST. Get in touch with the Board if you want to know more.
If you want to start a debate please use 
this forum.

In order to run for the Board and/or vote you need to be a supportive member. Learn how easy it is to become one 
The EMAlumni Award, this year in its third edition, is aimed at recognising the work of an Alum who, through their work and/or volunteering activities has made (and is making) a significant contribution to the advancement of human rights and democratisation in the world.
We will send the calls for nominations to our community of Alumni soon, so start thinking who you would like to nominate this year!

In the meantime, read more information about the two previous editions here.
Eduardo Burkle (EMA 2020) published an article about the latest developments in Brazilian politics, titled Amid the pandemic Bolsonaro intimidates critics with dictatorship-era law on The Loop.
Eduardo is a lawyer and independent researcher and his research interests include the transitional justice experience in Brazil, collective memory, and the rise of far-right populism in contemporary Brazilian politics.
You can follow him on Twitter


Saionara König-Reis (EMA 2014) from the Danish Institute of Human Rights, co-authored the report 'Leveraging human rights and the 2030 Agenda to advance LGBTI rights
The report is also available in Spanish and French

Dr. Zoi Aliozi (2007) wrote the first chapter of the book 'Green Crimes and International Criminal Law, 2021 (Chapter 1, 'Green Criminology: A rights-based approach') which can be purchased here
She is also delighted to be part of "A First Brush with Philosophy", a project of visual arts and philosophy by the CPVA, now recruiting participants.
You can join 

Vito Todeschini (2012) authored an op-ed on accountability in Syria ten years after the 2011 uprising. Read it

Dr. Nikoletta Pikramenou (2014) presented her book “Intersex rights. Living between Sexes”, at the ‘Intersex 2021 – A Vision for the Future', an interdisciplinary conference organized online by Dublin City University on 21/22 of April. She also talked about the work of Intersex Greece, an intersex-led organisation providing expertise on intersex issues while advocating for the promotion of intersex rights in Greece. You can follow it on its new page.

Sophie Kammerer, Political Affairs, Press and Information Officer (2006) and Vassia Voziki, Legal Affairs Trainee at the Delegation of the European Union to the Council of Europe (2020) invite interested alumni to participate in the call for photos and testimonials “Together in the Distance: Building New Solidarities in a Changing World”

The deadline for submitting contributions is 31 May 2021

Did you publish an article, book, photo, report, or video touching upon a human rights subject? If you want to share it with fellow alumni write to
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You will not only help the wider alumni community, but you also ensure that qualified human rights activists will be better supported to get a job within the human rights world. We also have an
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Did you know?
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We are always looking for more Ambassadors. Its a great way to connect with alumni and help foster our community. For more information please see the Ambassador Toolkit
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