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Application deadline: 23 August 2015

The Master of Laws in International Crime and Justice is jointly organized by the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) and the Department of Law at the University of Turin (UNITO).

The LL.M. is designed for postgraduates and young professionals interested in furthering their knowledge and critical understanding of International Criminal Law. Students will have the possibility to engage in up-to-date analysis on various topics such as:

- International Criminal Law;

- International Humanitarian Law;

- International Criminal Jurisdictions and International Criminal Procedure;

- Comparative Law and Comparative Criminal Law;

- Relationship between International Criminal Law and National Legislation;

- Interstate Co-operation on Criminal Matters;

- Transnational Organized Crime and Transantional Crimes such as, Cybercrime, Corruption, Environmental Crime, Terrorism and Trafficking in Persons.

The LL.M. is taught through a combination of academic lectures and practical exercises favouring active interactions between participants, tutors and lecturers. The initial e-learning phase is designed to facilitate the participation of international students and, at the same time, harmonize their legal knowledge in view of the activities envisaged on-campus. The residential phase, which is structured around specialised academic lectures, group work and practical assignments (including a mock trial, field visits and exercises, simulations, and a final moot court), 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 Master's programme is optimally designed to act as a gateway to an exciting national or international career. Depending on each student’s academic background, career prospects might include: legal positions for international and national tribunals; legal and policy advising assignments for UN agencies and other international organizations; consultant posts for NGOs or victim support agencies; professional roles in the ministries of foreign affairs, justice and defence policy.

In particular, thanks to a series of training on Project Cycle Management, students will explore tools and develop skills crucial for the management of projects on crime prevention and justice reform. Furthermore, a series of dedicated sessions on career guidance and professional development in the UN System are offered during the programme. Students, for example, will have the possibility to attend individual meetings with representatives of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and receive feedback and tips on their professional profile.

The programme, now at its 10th edition, has been attracting increasing interest and a growing number of applications every year. Part of this success lays in the key benefits that the LL.M. offers to its students, which include:

- Initial e-learning phase (3 Nov 2015 - 15 Jan 2016) that allows students to study from their own countries;

- Residential phase (25 Jan - 31 July 2016) held in the unparalleled setting at the United Nations Campus in Turin, Italy;

- International and multicultural composition of the class;

- Internationally renowned lecturers and experts leading the class;

- Unique multidisciplinary and interactive teaching methodology aimed at providing students with the expertise and skills required for operating in the area of international crime and justice;

- Variety and relevance of the topics explored;

- Insights into the activities and policies of the United Nations as well as other international organizations and international tribunals;

- Wide range of activities organized in cooperation with international and local bodies (e.g.: the Post Conflict Study Centre of the Italian Army, administrations of local correctional centres, international tribunals and international legal networks);

- Dedicated sessions on career guidance and professional development.





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Recipient: United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)

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