About the Institution:

The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) was established in 1968 pursuant to Economic and Social Council Resolution 1086 B (XXXIX) of 1965, which urged an expansion of the United Nations activities in crime prevention and criminal justice. The Institute is a United Nations autonomous institution and is governed by its Board of Trustees. The mission of UNICRI is to advance justice, crime prevention, security and the rule of law in support of peace, human rights and sustainable development.

UNICRI’s work focuses on Goal 16 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Agenda, that is centered on promoting peaceful, just and inclusive societies, free from crime and violence. Justice, crime prevention and the rule of law are the basis for fighting poverty and reducing inequalities while enhancing economic growth and stability, and protecting the environment. UNICRI supports governments and the international community at large in tackling criminal threats to social peace, development and political stability.

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

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 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.

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 organised crime and transnational crimes such as corruption, trafficking in persons, smuggling of migrants, environmental crimes, terrorism, and cybercrime.

Academic Curriculum of the Course

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

Distance-learning Phase: 25 November 2019 – 12 January 2020;

Residential Phase: 29 January – 26 June 2020.

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. The Graduation Ceremony will take place on 10 July 2020. Upon successful conclusion of the course students will be awarded an LL.M degree.

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. It annually runs 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 LL.M. is jointly organized by UNICRI and the University for Peace (UPEACE).

Procedure for admission to the Course:

Application form must be downloaded from http://www.unicri.it/services/education_training/postgraduate/llm/. The general deadlines are:

General Deadlines 2019 – 2020

Early Birds Applicants

Deadline for applications

16 June 2019

Results of the selection process

26 June 2019

Confirmation of acceptance by selected students

30 June 2019

Payment of fees

10 July 2019

Confirmation or cancellation of the course

10 October 2019

Standard Applicants 

Deadline for applications

1 September 2019

Results of the selection process

11 September 2019

Confirmation of acceptance by selected students

15 September 2019

Payment of fees

25 September 2019

Confirmation or cancellation of the course

10 October 2019

Contact Details:

E-mail: [email protected]

Tel.: (+39) 011 6537 157-154 — (+39) 011 6537 111

Postal address

LL.M. in International Crime and Justice UNICRI Viale Maestri del Lavoro, 1010127 – Torino ITALY

Website: http://www.unicri.it/services/education_training/postgraduate/llm/

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