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

General

Program Description

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 interests, the programme is functional for careers in the legal and political sectors both at a national and international level as well as 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 transition;
  • 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.

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 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 9 July 2021.

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).

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 postgraduate 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.

General Deadlines 2020 - 2021

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

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, 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.

Although a certificate of English knowledge is not required, proficiency score ranges from the below internationally recognized certificates are suggested to be equal to or above the following:

  • International TOEFL
    • Paper-based: 575
    • Computer-based: 230
    • Internet-based: 90
  • IELTS (academic module):
    • A minimum score of 6.5
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English:
    • Grades A, B, C
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English:
    • Grades A, B

The programme’s coordination officers may arrange phone interviews to assess the competencies of candidates before the selection is finalized.

How to Apply

Applicants will need to submit a duly completed application form (in MS Word format only) 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 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 (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.
  • 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.

Please note that the submitted application is valid for the 2020/21 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 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.

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