UNICRI-United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (University of Peace)

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. UNICRI works in specialised niches and selected fields of crime prevention, justice, security governance, risks and benefits of advances in technologies, counter-terrorism and social cohesion.

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

(Online and taught) 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. The academic curriculum of the Master programme is divided into two phase: Distance-learning (26 November 2018 – 13 January 2019) and Residential Phase (30 January - 30 June 2019)

Location: Turin, ITALY

Single/Double Diploma: Single

Language: English

Number of Places/Students per year: not specified

Duration: 9 months

Price/Fee: USD 10,000

Scholarships: Not available

Accommodation: self-provided

Application Process: Applicants must 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. A good command of English is also essential. Applicants will need to submit a duly completed application form together with all the documents listed below:

1. Period of time: No Deadline in Advance

2. Necessary Docs:

  • Application Form
  • Motivation Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Scanned copy of passport
  • Official English certificate
  • An official copy of the Bachelor's (or higher) diploma(s) in its original language issued by the competent University.
  • An official copy of the university transcript(s) of records of all the university studies

3. Additional docs for Non-EU/EEA : 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.

Program Structure: The academic curriculum of the programme unfolds in three phases:

1. During the Distance-learning Phase (26 November 2018 – 13 January 2019), students will have access to the online platform of the LL.M. Programme.

2. The Residential Phase (30 January - 30 June 2019) comprises of theoretical lectures, seminars and practical exercises including workshops, simulations, study visits, moot courts and other activities organized in cooperation with international organizations, NGOs, research institutions and entities belonging to the UN system. The international group of selected students will be attending classes both in the morning and in the afternoon (full-time commitment for 6 hours a day/4-5 days a week) at the UN Campus.

3. 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 have acquired in depth and up-to-date knowledge on the main subjects around which the global debate on international and transnational crime and justice articulates: Criminal Law and Procedure in a Comparative Perspective, Public International Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Human Rights Law, International Criminal Law and International Criminal Procedure, International Law Dimensions of Peace and Conflicts, including transitional justice and peacekeeping operations etc.

The selected students in order to be awarded the final Master of Laws Degree worth 40 UPEACE credits(equivalent to 40 US credits/60 ECTS) need to receive passing marks in all the assessments and exams envisaged and meet the minimum average of attendance by attending at least 2/3 of each weekly schedule and at least 75% of the total residential schedule over a two-month period.

LLM Contact:

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


By Özlem Nişancıoğlu


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