EIUC - European Inter University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation

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.



EIUC was founded in 2002 on a commitment to the realisation of the values promoted by the EU, the promotion of high-level inter-disciplinary human rights education. EIUC is located in Venice, Italy.


EIUC is fostering a community of scholars, researchers and professionals to promote democracy and the implementation of human rights worldwide. EIUC advances innovative programmes and projects (masters, summer schools, and training seminars) that contribute to policy formation and assistance to democracy and good governance, promotion of the rule of law, and overseas development cooperation.


The EIUC is a member of the Association of Human Rights Institutes (AHRI) and participates in different international research projects. Besides its “Diplomatic Conferences”, it regularly organises high level conferences, seminars and workshops on the latest scientific and academics developments. The Venice Academy of Human Rights which hosts distinguished experts aims at enhancing critical and useful research, innovation and exchange of current knowledge. EIUC acts also as think-tank for the European Parliament by publishing various studies. Moreover it has its own series in the Cambridge University Press titled “EIUC Studies on Human Rights and Democratisation”.

Master's Programmes


Library services

Without its library EIUC couldn’t be a Centre of Excellence of Human Rights. Students, teachers and participants in all educational activities appreciate its level of specialisation and academic quality.

Venice, Italy