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

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.

The academic curriculum of the programme unfolds in three phases:

During the Distance-learning Phase (26 November 2018 – 13 January 2019), students will have access to the online platform of the LL.M. Programme, on which they will be involved into readings, group works and other interactive activities with the support of a tutor. Students will also have to carry out self-study. At the end of this phase, an exam is foreseen.

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.

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 will take place on 12 July 2019.

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;
  • Transnational organized crime and transnational crimes, including corruption, trafficking in persons, smuggling of migrants, environmental crime, terrorism, and cybercrime;
  • Global efforts to strengthen the rule of law and justice reform in developing democracies and post-conflict environments, including corrections;

The programme further envisages dedicated sessions on career guidance and professional development in the UN System. For instance, students  will have the possibility to participate to individual sessions with representatives of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme.

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:

1) receive passing marks in all the assessments and exams envisaged; and

2) 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.

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