UNICRI United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute

Introduction

What is UNICRI?

UNICRI is a United Nations entity established in 1967 to support countries worldwide in preventing crime and facilitating criminal justice.

Crime is a common concern both for governments and citizens across the globe. As crime becomes increasingly internationalized, new forms of crime emerge, and organized crime spreads, national responses and international cooperation are required in the fields of crime prevention and criminal justice. UNICRI supports governments and the international community at large in tackling criminal threats to social peace, development and political stability. UNICRI is mandated to assist intergovernmental, governmental and non-governmental organizations in formulating and implementing improved policies in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice. UNICRI' s goals are:

  • to advance understanding of crime-related problems;
  • to foster just and efficient criminal justice systems;
  • to support the respect of international instruments and other standards;
  • to facilitate international law enforcement cooperation and judicial assistance.

UNICRI is governed by a Board of Trustees composed of eminent experts. The staff cover a wide range of expertise in the management of research, training, technical cooperation and documentation, and are supported by highly qualified consultants selected according to project requirements.

What UNICRI does

UNICRI's programmes aim to promote national self-reliance and the development of institutional capabilities. To this end, UNICRI provides a one-stop facility offering high-level expertise in crime prevention and criminal justice problems. Technical co-operation is enhanced by the use of action-oriented research to assist in the formulation of improved policies and concrete intervention programmes. Institutional and on-the-job training of specialized personnel form an integral part of UNICRI activities.

Areas of Action

With more than 40 years of experience, UNICRI has structured its work programmes and modus operandi in order to always be responsive to the needs of the international community.

UNICRI's programmes focus on different areas with the aim of creating and testing new and holistic approaches in preventing crime and promoting justice and development. UNICRI plays a leading role with respect to specific niches and supports the work of other international organizations through its specialized and advanced services. The Institute's current priorities include:

  • Chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear risks mitigation;
  • Cyber-crimes;
  • Illicit trafficking in precious metals;
  • Environmental crimess;
  • Urban Security;
  • Security during major events;
  • Counter-terrorism;
  • Addressing gender issues in drug abuse and treatment;
  • Domestic violence;
  • Protection of vulnerable population and victims;
  • Juvenile justice;
  • International Criminal Law.

Who We Are

UNICRI was established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) following Resolution 1086, which urged an expansion of United Nations activities in crime prevention and criminal justice. The Institute is an autonomous institution of the United Nations, and is presently ruled by the Statute adopted by ECOSOC with Resolution No.1989/56 of 24 May 1989. UNICRI operates within the framework of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network. The Institute carries out action-oriented research and training and implements technical cooperation programmes. It aims to assist governments and the international community at large in tackling criminal threats to social peace, development and political stability and in fostering the development of just and efficient criminal justice systems.

UNICRI supports the formulation and implementation of improved policies in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice, the promotion of national self-reliance, and the development of institutional capabilities. The Institute works to advance the understanding of crime-related problems, supporting the respect for international instruments and standards. It facilitates the exchange and dissemination of information, cooperation in international law enforcement and judicial assistance.

UNICRI structures its activities to meet the identified needs of member States. Its programme activities arise from priorities identified by the UN Annual Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Commission. The Institute's current priorities include, amongst others, activities related to organized crime, judicial reform, international criminal law, juvenile justice, security and counter-terrorism, major event security, urban security, corruption, victim protection, domestic violence, counterfeiting, cybercrime, crimes against the environment, and gender issues in drug abuse.

The Institute is governed by a Board of Trustees composed of eminent experts from different countries.

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

Campus Full time 1 year November 2017 Italy Turin

The Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Transnational Crime and Justice is specifically designed for young professionals and university graduates wishing to specialize in the fields of comparative criminal law, humanitarian law, human rights law, transnational crimes and transitional justice. [+]

L.L.M Overview The Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Transnational Crime and Justice is specifically designed for young professionals and university graduates wishing to specialize in the fields of comparative criminal law, humanitarian law, human rights law, transnational crimes and transitional justice. 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. Structure and Content The LL.M is characterized by an interdisciplinary academic strategy that integrates theory and practice, favour active exchanges of ideas, and further the comparative and critical thinking skills of participants. Upon successful conclusion of the course students will have acquired in depth and up-to-date knowledge on the main subjects around which the global debate on transnational crime and justice articulates: Comparative Law and Comparative Criminal Law; International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law; International Criminal Law and International Criminal Procedure; Transnational organized crime and transnational crimes (e.g. cyber crime, corruption, counterfeiting, environmental crime, smuggling of migrants, terrorism, and trafficking in persons); Interstate cooperation in criminal matters; Global efforts to strengthen the rule of law; Judicial and non-judicial processes and mechanisms associated with transitional justice in post-conflict countries such as prosecution initiatives, mechanisms facilitating the right to truth, reparations, institutional reforms in conformity with international legal standards and obligations. The programme further envisages dedicated sessions on career guidance and professional development in the UN System. Students, for example, will have the possibility to participate to individual sessions with representatives of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme. Entry requirements Applicants must meet the following requirements: Hold at least a 3-year university degree issued by an internationally recognised university in Law, Political Science, International Relations, Criminology, Social Sciences, Economics, or equivalent academic subjects; Full proficiency in written and spoken English. Please note that a good command of English is essential. During the course students will be asked to actively engage in class activities, draft documents, analyse case files and legal documents, discuss practical scenarios and work in groups. The programme’s coordination officers may arrange phone interviews to assess the competencies of candidates before the selection is finalized. Important Requirement for non Italian Applicants In order to enroll at the LLM, all non Italian students who are selected are required to provide: a Declaration of Value (DOV) of their university diploma a legalized/notarized/certified copy of the diploma translated into English or Italian a legalized/notarized/certified the related transcript of records translated into English or Italian. The competent Italian Diplomatic Authorities of the country where the university awarding the degree is located are responsible for the issuance of the DOV. The legalization of the university diploma and of the transcript of is carried out by the competent National Authority according to the laws and policies of the country where the candidate has completed his/her studies. Students are responsible to identify and contact the competent National Authority in charge of this procedure. How to Apply Applicants will need to submit a duly completed application form (available on UNICRI website) together with all the documents listed below: 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). An official copy of the Bachelor's (or higher) diploma(s) in its original language issued by the competent University. A 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 (ies). 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. A translation of the above transcript(s) of records into English if the original document(s) is issued in another language. If already available, legalised copy of the diploma(s), legalised copy of the transcript(s) of records and Declaration of Value (DOV)* Please note that the submitted application is valid for the 2016/17 edition of the LL.M. only. If you are not selected and wish to apply for the forthcoming edition of the same programme, you may submit a new application as soon as the new call for applications is open. *The legalised copies of the university diploma(s) and of the official 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. The DOVs are issued by the Italian Competent Diplomatic Authority located in the country where the student has conducted his/her studies. Selection Process Successful applicants are selected according to the following information gathered through the submitted application documents: Academic background and achievements (including publications) Professional experience Professional training received Motivation letter Please note that preference will be given to young professionals up to 35 years of age. [-]

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