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Winter School on Environmental Crimes
Application deadline 2 December 2016

Winter School on Environmental Crimes

12-16 December 2016

Application deadline 2 December 2016


The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) and the Italian Society for International Organization (SIOI) are organizing the second edition of the Winter School on Environmental Crimes, which will take place at SIOI headquarters in Rome, from 12 to 16 December - 2016.

The Winter School will promote participants foundational understanding of what environmental crimes are and in parallel will improve their knowledge on how law enforcement bodies and judicial systems are responding. The existing international legal framework will be examined with a view to improve participants’ ability to address the issue in a comprehensive way and promote their role as advocates for an effective change in public policies, strategies and practices. The lectures and activities offered by the Winter School will focus on:

  • Environment and geopolitics
  • The concept of environmental protection and its evolution
  • Existing international legal frameworks to prevent crimes against the environment
  • Links between environmental crimes and human rights violations • Involvement of organized criminal groups in environmental crimes, with a specific focus on trafficking of natural resources
  • Emerging trends in environmental crimes
  • Waste trafficking and its impact on human health and security
  • Challenges in investigating environmental crimes
  • Environmental conflicts and justice
  • Individual, corporate and State accountability for environmental crimes

Course Programme

The faculty is composed by high level scholars and academics from leading universities and research institutes as well as representatives of the United Nations System and other international organizations.

Participants will have the opportunity to interact with internationally recognised experts, meet peers and build lasting professional relationships with young professionals and students from all over the world. This intense experience fosters intercultural dialogue and a deeper understanding of one of the most serious emerging crime at global level. For further information please visit the related section on the UNICRI website.

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