A year in review
“Living in Lido was like living in our own small “EMA-bubble” where we shared countless moments of laughter, learning, and growth together. The immense support we gave each other was instrumental in helping us through the early mornings, moot court on Saturday, TS1 exam, 24 and 48-hour exams. It was a tough and intense course at times, but the sense of belonging and the help we received from each other made it all worth it. After our trip to Kosovo, we returned with memories and experiences that we will cherish for a lifetime.
The second semester was a bit different as we were staying in different countries. Luckily, physical distance did not keep us from showing support and staying in touch. We stayed connected through visits to each other, WhatsApp messages, and EMA ‘shut up and write’ sessions. We will never forget this experience, it became very special because of each and every one of you.”
From the Yearbook of the EMA 2022-23 cohort
Some of the 2022-23 unforgettable experiences...
Skills Building Activities
A practice approach to human rights education
The academic programme is enhanced by a focus on practice. Students engage with leading practitioners in practical workshops and assignments. Highlights include moot courts lead by a judge of the European Court for Human Rights and by a former prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, the student-led Human Rights Film Festival through which students learn project and event management, optional skill workshops on project management, communication, digital verification of human rights violations, and human rights impact assessment as well as integrated workshops with experienced human rights field officers to practice decision making in the field and with experienced peace negotiators.
Kosovo field trip
The first semester culminates in a field trip to Kosovo, a post-conflict society which continues to have a large international presence 25 years after hostilities ended. During the field trip students are generously hosted by local Kosovo families, visit a wide range of international, national and civil society organizations that is a wonderful bonding moment for our students, and an enriching study experience.
Courtesy © Photo Anna Kačmaříková
A grand celebration of academic excellence and human rights advocacy, the event takes place each year at the historical Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice. Fresh EMA graduates also learn during this occasion if they have been awarded the paid EMA Internship Scholarship.