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United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), Full Time Masters Degrees

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The International Postgraduate Expert Programme in Investigative and Legal Psychology (IEPILP) is organized by the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) in collaboration with the Åbo Akademi University (ÅAU), Finland, and with the support of the Salesian University Institute of Turin and its CRIMELAB, Italy. Read more

ACADEMIC SCHEDULE: 18 January - 30 September 2017

Deadline for applications: 27 November 2016

The International Postgraduate Expert Programme in Investigative and Legal Psychology (IEPILP) is organized by the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) in collaboration with the Åbo Akademi University (ÅAU), Finland, and with the support of the Salesian University Institute of Turin and its CRIMELAB, Italy.

The programme represents a unique opportunity for young professionals and post-graduate students who seek to expand their knowledge and develop cross-cutting proficiencies in the field of forensic psychology. In particular, the IEPILP is designed for university graduates in Psychology, Law, Criminology or related fields of study.

Following a learning method blending theoretical lectures and practical exercises, the students will be taught and assessed around four trial simulations related to the crimes of: homicide, rape, child sexual abuse and war crimes. Across the four simulations students will be asked to play the roles of defence lawyers, prosecutors, judges and psychological experts and will be able to critically engage in various areas such as:

- Criminal Profiling
- Detection of signs of deception
- Eyewitness testimony
- Forensic neuroscience and genetic defence
- Production of a forensic psychological evaluation
- Investigative interviewing techniques with adults and minors
- Cross examination of expert witnesses

Each trial simulation will last five weeks and will be arranged in the following way:

• 1st week: face to face introductory lectures
• 2nd-4th week: group work on the assigned cases
• 5th week: trial simulations and evaluation


The Programme will run from the 18 January 2017 to 30 September 2017. The first six weeks of the residential phase of the programme will be held in the unparalleled setting of the United Nations Campus in Turin, and the remaining period will be held at the Salesian University Institute of Turin.

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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). Read more

ACADEMIC SCHEDULE: 3 NOVEMBER 2015 - 31 JULY 2016

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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