UNICRI Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Transnational Crime and Justice
Deadline for application: 20 August 2023
About the Programme
The Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Transnational Crime and Justice is designed for professionals and university graduates wishing to specialize in the fields of international law dimensions of peace and conflicts, transnational crimes and transitional justice, humanitarian law, international criminal law and procedure, and international human rights law.
Depending on each student’s background and interest, the programme is functional for careers in the legal and political sectors both at a national and international level as well in further academic studies.
The LL.M. is jointly organized by UNICRI and the University for Peace.
Through a combination of lectures, seminars and prac tical exercises selected students will acquire:
- in-depth knowledge on the theoretical and practical aspects related to the investigation and adjudication of international crimes and human rights violations;
- overall comprehension of the functioning of international criminal tribunals, special and hybrid courts and their legacy to national courts;
- familiarity with the principle of rule of law and thorough understanding of the interdisciplinary processes and mechanisms related to transitional justice and justice reform in post-conflict situations and countries in transitions;
- unique insights into the policies and tools of the United Nations, other international organizations as well as national bodies for the prevention, investigation, control and punishment of transnational organized crime and transnational crimes, including corruption, trafficking in persons, smuggling of migrants, environmental crimes, terrorism, and cybercrime.
The academic curriculum of the Master programme is divided into two phases:
- Distance-learning Phase: 20 November 2023 – 12 January 2024;
- Residential Phase: 31 January – 30 June 2024.
- Graduation Ceremony: 12 July 2024
The Graduation Project, at the end of the residential phase, will consist in a Moot Court simulation that will help students to refine their skills in written and oral courtroom advocacy on selected matters of substantive international criminal law.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be awarded an LL.M. degree officially issued by UPEACE.
The residential phase of the programme is held in the unparalleled setting of the United Nations Campus in Turin, Italy. 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 its guests leisure, dining, and sports facilities.
Application Process / Important Deadlines
- Deadline for applications: 20 August 2023 (rolling basis)
- Offer to wait-listed applicants: 21 August to 4 October 2023
- Confirmation or cancellation of the course: 16 October 2023
The selection is carried out on a rolling basis; applicants will be notified on the results of the selection process via e-mail within 7 working days of the submission of their application. Please note that, if you are offered a place, you will have 4 days to accept the offer (from the date of the confirmation email), and after that, you will have 10 days to complete the payment. Applicants who are not selected after the first review are placed on a waiting list.
Wait-listed applicants will be informed of the final outcome of the selection between 21 August and 4 October 2023. If selected, applicants will be given 3 days to accept the offer (from the date of the confirmation email) and 5 days to complete the payment. In the light of the above, we strongly advise students to plan for the payment of the fees already at the time of the application.
These deadlines cannot be postponed and payment in multiple instalments is not allowed.
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About UNICRI and the University for Peace
The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) is one of the five training and research institutes of the UN System. It was established in 1965 and is mandated to support countries worldwide in preventing crime and promoting criminal justice. 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 post graduate courses.
The University for Peace (UPEACE), headquartered in Costa Rica, is a Treaty Organization established in 1980 through an International Agreement approved by the United Nations General Assembly in Resolution 35/55, and has the mandate "to provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace and with the aim of promoting among all human beings the spirit of understanding, tolerance and peaceful coexistence, to stimulate cooperation among peoples and to help lessen obstacles and threats to world peace and progress, in keeping with the noble aspirations proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations". By virtue of the mandate granted to it by Article 15 of the Charter of the University for Peace, annexed to the International Agreement Establishing the University for Peace, UPEACE conducts Master and Doctorate Degree programmes in fields that promote peace and security