Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Cybercrime, Cybersecurity and International Law

The application period for the first cohort of this programme (2023-2024) is now OPEN.


ABOUT THE PROGRAMME

The online Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Cybercrime, Cybersecurity and International Law aims at training participants in international law and applied practices to investigate and combat malicious cyber activities, as well as at providing them with in-depth knowledge of existing cybercrime prevention strategies at various levels, with a focus on the international dimensions of cybercrime and cybersecurity.

The LL.M. adopts a holistic and multifaceted approach that aims at building the capacity of participants in all areas and disciplines related to cybercrime and cybersecurity related to the law, such as: criminology and social sciences, victimology, psychology, economics, organizational sciences, and computer science.

Students will be equipped with knowledge of the main trends on cybercrimes with a focus on the profiles of perpetrators and victims, the most-up-to-date intelligence operations, and the methods and analytical tools implemented to continuously understand, adapt, and respond to cybercrime.

The LL.M. is designed for university graduates and professionals seeking to acquire the interdisciplinary skills necessary to analyse, prevent, investigate and counter cybercrime, with a particular focus to the international context. Final objective of the LL.M. is to build the capacities of professionals to contribute to the protection of communities, institutions, and businesses.

The LL.M. is carried out fully online, and it is complemented by a final 2-week optional series of workshops taking place at the United Nations Campus in Turin in 2024. The LL.M. is idea for those wishing to pursue a Master’s degree by engaging in flexible learning arrangements from where they work at any time.

 


THE CURRICULUM

The academic curriculum of the Master’s programme is divided into two phases:

  • Online phase: 29 May 2023 – 7 June 2024.
  • In-person workshops (optional): 17 – 28 June 2024.

The final graduation project will consist of a paper to be submitted after having completed all courses.

Upon successful completion of the programme, students will be awarded an LL.M. degree officially issued by the University for Peace.


OUR PARTNERS

The partner organizations:

The LL.M. in Cybercrimes, Cybersecurity, and International Law is jointly organized by UNICRI and UPEACE in collaboration with the Centre of Security and Crime Sciences (CSCS).

UNICRI is one of the main training and research institutes of the UN System. It was established in 1968 and is mandated to support countries worldwide in preventing and countering crime, and promoting justice and security in support of human rights, peace and development. Over the years the Institute has developed a sound expertise in research and training, which is reflected in the organization of several capacity-building activities and specialized postgraduate courses.

The Centre of Security and Crime Sciences (CSCS) is a joint research Centre of the University of Trento and University of Verona. Founded in 2021, the Centre conducts applied research and high-level training activities aimed at identifying, analyzing, preventing, and mitigating risks related to security, safety, crime, and risk management.

The Centre’s research and knowledge dissemination activities are developed using an interdisciplinary approach that integrates data from the fields of criminology, law, statistics, mathematics, information sciences, sociology, human sciences, and engineering to produce tailored solutions to tackle security and safety issues of modern global challenges. 


IMPORTANT DATES

Deadlines for the 2023-2024 Academic Year

  • Application deadline: 16 April 2023 rolling basis
  • Confirmation of the course by organizing entities: 5 May 2023
  • Waitlisted applications (second round); from 27 April 2023

STRUCTURE, CONTENT AND METHODOLOGY

The LL.M. is characterized by an interdisciplinary academic strategy that integrates theory and practice, favours active exchange of ideas, and furthers the comparative and critical thinking skills of the students.

The academic curriculum of the programme unfolds in two phases:

During the Online phase (29 May 2023 – 7 June 2024), participants will have access to the e-learning platform of the LL.M. Programme, on which, in addition to self-study, they will have to attend webinars, carry out group projects and other interactive activities with the support of a tutor.

The optional in-person workshops (17 – 28 June 2024), will consist in 2-week full time activities held at the UN Campus in Turin (Italy), where will additionally be tutored by a faculty advisor who will support them in the elaboration of the final graduation project.

The workshops are held in the unparalleled setting of the United Nations Campus. The Campus is located on 10 hectares of riverside parkland and hosts other national and international organizations such as the ITC-ILO and UNSSC. Under regular circumstances, it annually runs more than 450 programmes and projects involving approximately 11,000 people from over 180 countries, also offering to participants leisure, dining, and sports facilities.

Some of the classes delivered during this phase will also be offered online, along with dedicated training sessions, for those who are not able to join. The attendance of in-person of the workshops is not compulsory. All students (both attending in-person and online) will receive 4 UPEACE credits upon completion of the workshops.

The submission of the final graduation project is compulsory, and its grade will count 6 university credits.

In order to be awarded the final Master of Laws Degree worth 42 UPEACE credits (equivalent to 42 US credits/63 ECTS), students need to complete all activities and foreseen exams. Attendance and participation in activities will be considered towards the final assessment of student’s performance.


PROGRAMME FACULTY

The Faculty of the Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Cybercrime, Cybersecurity and International Law is composed by international academics, including UPEACE professors, experts and practitioners, also from the UN system.


TUITION FEES / EXEMPTIONS

Tuition fees amount to USD 11,000.

Please note that:

  • Tuition fees do not cover additional expenses such as those related to VISA, travel, food, and accommodation for students wishing to participate in the in-person workshop
  • Tuition fees are non-refundable under any circumstances
  • The only event under which tuition fees will be refunded is the cancellation of the course by its organizers
  • Applicants receiving an offer for the 2023-24 edition of the LL.M. cannot defer it to the following academic year

A limited number of fee exemptions may be available. Please indicate and motivate your request of fee exemption in the application form. Candidates will be informed in the course of the selection process about the availability of such exemptions, which will be awarded only at the end of the selection process.


HOW TO APPLY

Please download the Application Form for LL.M. 2023/2024 here: Application LLM Cybecrime.doc

Applicants will need to submit a duly completed application form (in MS Word format only) and send it, together with all the documents listed below, to the following email address: unicri.llmcyber@un.org:

  • Motivation letter, a personal statement explaining why you are interested in this particular programme and outlining any relevant experience you have. The statement should be written in English and not exceed one page.
  • Curriculum Vitae in English.
  • Scanned copy of passport reproducing only the personal details and photo page(s).
  • Official English certificate if available (see section on entry requirements and item number 10 of the application form).
  • An official copy of the Bachelor's (or higher) diploma(s) in its original language issued by the competent University.
  • An official certified translation of the above diploma(s) into English if the original document(s) is issued in another language.*
  • An official copy of the university transcript(s) of records of all the university studies completed or on-going in the original language issued by the competent University. The official transcript of records must include the following information: full titles of all the courses completed throughout the degree; dates of completion of each course (or at the very least the overall time spent to complete the entire programme); grades obtained; credits awarded; and information on the grading scale.
  • An official certified translation of the above transcript(s) of records into English if the original document(s) is issued in another language.
  • Any other document that Italian Embassies may require in order to issue study visa. Once selected, you are kindly requested to ask for relevant information to the Italian Embassy.

*The official certified translation of the university diploma(s) and transcript(s) of records are issued by the National Competent Authority of the country where the student has conducted his/her studies according to national regulations.

For more details, visit the official programme page on the UNICRI website here.