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 two phases.

The residential phase (February - June 2018) comprises of theoretical lectures, seminars and practical exercises including mock trials, 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) at the UN Campus.

During the second phase (June - July 2018) students will produce a research paper on a topic of their choice linked to the content of the programme. No attendace is forseen in this period and students may choose whether to remain in Turin. However, all students will be requested to be present at the graduation ceremony to be held on 20 July in Turin.

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 transnational crime and justice articulates:

  • International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law;
  • International Criminal Law and International Criminal Procedure;
  • International Law Dimensions of Peace and Conflicts;
  • Transnational organized crime and transnational crimes (e.g. cyber crime, corruption, counterfeiting, environmental crime, smuggling of migrants, terrorism, and trafficking in persons);
  • Interstate cooperation in criminal matters;
  • Global efforts to strengthen the rule of law;
  • Judicial and non-judicial processes and mechanisms associated with transitional justice in post-conflict countries such as prosecution initiatives, mechanisms facilitating the right to truth, reparations, institutional reforms in conformity with international legal standards and obligations.

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

Selected students in order to be awarded the final Master of Laws Degree worth 60 credits 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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