Taynara Arimatéa Neves

Brazil | Batch 2020-2021

Thoughts on the programme: At first glance, the M.A. Human Rights programme of FAU sparked my interest due to its inherent interdisciplinary approach and competitive tuition fee. In addition, its location in the emblematic city of Nuremberg, allied with the possibility of studying hot topics that align with my interests (e.g. Internet and Human Rights), drew my attention to the course even further. The opportunity to strengthen research skills while taking part in language courses and extracurricular activities offered by the university are also great attractions to the course.

Another striking aspect worth mentioning is that the professors are well-rounded, approachable and friendly experts prepared to yield the students with a reliable ground into the academic universe. In terms of administrative matters, the coordination staff is easily reachable and always willing to support the students in any way possible. Such points provide the programme with a welcoming and trustworthy environment that the students highly regard.

For me, one of the highlights of the programme was the study excursion to Berlin. On this occasion, we had the unique chance to become familiar with various human rights institutions and organisations in Germany, and to network with influential and fascinating human rights practitioners. Furthermore, I deeply cherish the valuable exchange experience supplied by a multicultural environment, as the programme ensures its diversity by receiving students from all over the world. Finally, I can only express that pursuing my master’s in human rights at FAU has been an optimal choice for my career path.

Professional background: I concluded my Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Goiás (PUC Goiás) in Brazil, and then worked as a lawyer from 2015 to 2020. In the meantime, I volunteered for a community organisation providing general assistance to immigrants and refugees in my home state – undertaking responsibilities involving digital media management and event coordination, as well as serving as an interpreter and translator. I also participated in gender equality initiatives, such as attending the 63rd United Nations Commission on the Status of Women as a civil society delegate. Aside from dedicating my time to the master’s programme, I currently hold a working student position at the International Nuremberg Principles Academy. Lastly, I have gladly undertaken the task of being a student representative of my master’s programme batch.