The EMAlumni Association represents Europe’s leading body of human rights practitioners, activists, and defenders. The EMAlumni Association gathers the alumni of the European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (EMA), based in Venice, Italy and composed of 42 Participating Universities. It is also the founding association under the Global Campus Alumni umbrella and it coordinates the network.

It is an international, non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation which pursues the following main objectives:

  • The establishment of a durable dialogue and increase interaction among EMAlumni (at a professional and personal level)
  • The enhancement of EMAlumni’s professional expertise and capacity
  • The strengthening of the link with EMA and EIUC, support of EIUC and Global Campus activities
  • The Cooperation with other Global Campus Alumni Associations
  • The promotion of Human Rights and Democracy in Europe and in the world.


EMAlumni Mission and Vision

Academic institutions are increasingly judged not just by the credentials of their professors or their prestige but by the success of their graduates and their loyalty to the institution from which they graduated. Alumni associations play a crucial role in this aspect.
The EMAlumni aims to create a solid community of graduates of the European Master’s Degree in Human Rights Master and Democratisation with a strong link to the Master’s Programmes. We strive to create a community of graduates who will be in a position to co-operate with each other professionally, to launch initiatives together, and to contribute to the further development of their Master Programme through donations or services such as lecturing. This continued community and network is a priceless added value to the academic qualification which potential applicants will pay great attention to. It furthermore leads graduates to value more the unique learning experience they had which goes much beyond the academic modules and is also very much about fellow students. The EMAlumni will keep them connected to the institution as they realise that the programme does not end with graduation but continues to help them at every stage of their professional development.
Our vision is a dense network of graduates of the EMA programme who stay in close contact to each other, to their Master Programme and universities and to the Alumni Association and who, through this contact, engage in a mutual exchange of knowledge, experience and support and on human rights initiatives. The ultimate aim of this community will be to contribute to the strengthening of the promotion of human rights.

The EMAlumni General Assymbly:

General Assemblies are a central element in the life of the EMAlumni Association. To learn more about EMAlumni’s General Assymbly, click on this text.

Adam Jacobi Moller

EMAlumni President

Adam graduated in 2007 from the EMA. He has since worked for the UN Refugee Agency in Afghanistan, Sudan, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Switzerland, for the Danish Refugee Council in Denmark the EU in Georgia and currently for UNICEF in Denmark again. He roamed the globe as an independent traveler for a few years, where he worked with development journalism, in particular in writing, photography and documentary film. The two latter earned him awards.

Penny Papaspyropoulou

Secretary General

Penny is a political scientist with experience as an EU policy advisor at the European Parliament and a decade of project management work on the education and training of vulnerable groups of people, with a focus on migrants/refugees, women and children. Her special interest is the point where arts intersect with human rights and she insists that we as human rights professionals should keep an open line with the grassroots movements, as it is where the demand for the enjoyment of rights is born.

Jean-Marie Rogue


Jean-Marie graduated from the EMA in 2009 after having studied political sciences and European politics. He is particularly interested in the conjunction of human rights and the European project. After the EMA, Jean-Marie worked for eight years as Delegate to the European Union for the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH). In 2019 he started working as policy officer on fundamental rights and the rule of law for the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).

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EMAlumni Award

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