In addition to the academic institutions that form part of the network, the most prestigious allies of the EMA include the European Union, Italian national and local authorities, international human rights and democratisation institutions and non-governmental organisations.
The EMA is financed by the European Union through the EIDHR, European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights. The programme is also backed by the Venice City Council and the Véneto Region. The EMA has alliances with the following organisations: UNESCO, UNDP, Venice Biennale, Council of Europe, OSCE, GTZ, CICR, Human Rights Watch, International Commission of Jurists, IRCT.
There are several good Master’s programmes on human rights at the present time. The value added that makes the EMA distinctive is based on:
- the wealth of perspectives offered by the network of member universities and associated institutions,
- the broad experience of the 42 member universities, in curricula design as well as methodology and student selection and assessment,
- a European cultural approach to human rights thanks to the intensive learning focus and shared experiences during the programme,
- cooperation and solidarity in the alumni network.