UNICRI Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Transnational Crime and Justice


The application period for the 2021/2022 cohort is now OPEN.

About the Programme

The Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Transnational Crime and Justice is designed for young professionals and university graduates wishing to specialize in the fields of humanitarian law, international criminal law and procedure, international human rights law, international law dimensions of peace and conflicts, transnational crimes and transitional justice. The LL.M. is jointly organized by UNICRI and the University for Peace.

Depending on each student’s background and interest, the programme is ideal for careers in the legal and political sectors both at a national and international level as well as further academic studies.

Through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical 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 crimes such as corruption, counterfeiting, environmental crime, smuggling of migrants, terrorism and trafficking in persons.

Academic Curriculum

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

  • Distance-learning Phase: 23 November 2020 – 15 January 2021;
  • Residential Phase: 27 January – 25 June 2021.

The Residential Phase of the programme is held in an unparalleled setting at 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. It holds annually more than 450 programmes and projects involving approximately 11,000 people from over 180 countries and also offers leisure time, dining, and sports facilities to its guests.

The Graduation Project at the end of the residential phase, will consist in a Moot Court simulation that will further help students to develop skills in written and oral courtroom advocacy on selected matters of substantive international criminal law. 

Upon successful conclusion of the course students will be awarded an LL.M degree. The Graduation Ceremony will take place on 9 July 2021.

Application Process

Deadlines 2020-2021

Deadline for applications 6 September 2020
Results of the selection process 14 September 2020
Confirmation of acceptance by selected students 17 September 2020
Payment of fees 28 September 2020
Confirmation or cancellation of the course 16 October 2020

Application Form: click here to downloadPlease email your completed application form to unicr.llm@un.org. 

To visit UNICRI's programme information page, click here.

About UNICRI and the University for Peace


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, 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