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


The Faculty of the Master of Laws in Transnational Crime and Justice is composed by international academics, experts and practitioners.

UNPEACE will contribute to the programme teaching through some of its distinguished faculty members among which:

Mr. Juan Carlos Sainz-Borgo - Dean of UPEACE; former Associate Professor of International Law at the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas and Professor of Humanitarian International Law at the Universidad Sergio Arboleda in Bogota; former Fulbright Visiting Professor at the Washington College of Law at American University. He also served as Jurist to the Regional Delegation of Venezuela and the Caribbean of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Mr. Mihir Kanade - Head of the Department of International Law and Human Rights at UPEACE and Director of the UPEACE Human Rights Centre; former lawyer in the Supreme Court of India and the Bombay High Court, focusing on issues of fundamental human rights violations. He is an adjunct faculty at Universidad Alfonso XI El Sabio (Spain), Cheikh Anta Diop University (Senegal), and Long Island University (United States).

UNICRI can count on a pool of internal and external experts who have served as faculty members in past courses.

This includes:

Mr. Guido Acquaviva - Lecturer at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights; Deputy Registrar, Kosovo Specialist Chambers; Former Chef de Cabinet, Office of the President, Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL); Former Legal Officer, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY)

Ms. Esohe Agathise - Executive Director, Africa/Europe Office, IROKO Charity (London UK- NGO dealing with human trafficking); Former Senior Lecturer, University of Benin (Benin, Nigeria)

Mr. Chris Black - Legal Officer, Pre-trial Chamber, Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL); Former Regional Legal Adviser, Red Cross International Committee (Geneva, Switzerland)

Mr. Stefano Betti - International Consultant; Former Senior Counsel, INTERPOL in charge of Illicit Trafficking

Mr. Salvatore Cannata - Case Analyst, Eurojust; Former Legal Officer, UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate

Ms. Linda Carter - Professor of Law and Director of the Legal Infrastructure and International Justice Institute, Mc George School of Law, University of Pacific (Sacramento, USA)

Mr. Carlos Castresana - Spanish Prosecutor and Head of the UN International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG)

Mr. Rehinold Gallmetzer - Appeals Counsel, Office of the Prosecutor, International criminal Court (ICC)

Mr. Nobuo Hayashi - Senior Legal Advisor, International Law and Policy Institute (Oslo, Norway); Visiting Professor on International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law, International University of Japan (Niigata, Japan)

Mr. Gary Hill - Member of the Board and Training Chair, International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA); Scientific Coordinator of the International Scientific and Professional Advisory Council, UNODC the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network (PNI); Chief Executive Officer, CEGA Services (Lincoln, USA) in Haiti, Rwanda and Kosovo

Ms. Patricia Janega - International Trainer, Facilitator and Intercultural Expert,International Training Centre of the ILO (Turin, Italy); Intercultural Communications Trainer, Intercultures (Berlin, Germany)

Ms. Kristiina Kangaspunta - Chief, UNODC Global Report on Trafficking in Persons Unit; Former Deputy Director, UNICRI

Ms. Vittoria Luda - Senior Consultant on Environmental Crime, United Nations University (UNU); Former Programme Coordinator & Expert on Organized Crime and Emerging Forms of Crime, UNICRI Emerging Crimes Unit

Ms. Paolina Massidda - Principal Counsel, Office of Public Council for Victims (OPCV), International criminal Court (ICC)

Mr. Mauro Miedico - Chief, Terrorism Prevention Branch, UNODC

Ms. Deirdre Montgomery, Attorney at Law; Solicitor (England & Wales); Legal Officer at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL)

Mr. Peter Mc Closkey - Senior trial attorney at the Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY)

Mr. Antoine Ollivier - Special Assistant to the Registrar, International Court of Justice (ICJ)

Ms. Marie O'Leary - Counsel, Office of Public Counsel for the Defence of the International Criminal Court (ICC-OPCD)

Mr. Bill O’Neill - Director, Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF)

Mr. Pedro Gomes Pereira - Senior Asset Recovery Specialist, Basel Institute of Governance (Basel, Switzerland); Senior Legal Specialist, Fundación Internacional y para Iberoamerica de Administración y Políticas Públicas (Madrid, Spain)

Mr. Gioacchino Polimeni - Former Director, UNICRI; Former Legal Adviser, Permanent Mission of Italy to the International Organizations in Vienna; Former Judge, Supreme Court of Italy

Mr. Niccolò Pons - Associate Legal Officer, Chambers, Kosovo Specialist Chambers; former Associate Legal Officer, Trial Chamber, Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia; former Associate Legal Officer, Pre-Trial Division, Chambers, International Criminal Court.

Mr. Glynn Rankin - Chair, Interpol Working Group on Human Trafficking; Expert on Human Trafficking, European Commission

Mr. Armando Spataro - Chief Prosecutor, Office of the Prosecutor of Turin (Turin, Italy)

Mr. Gregory Townsend - Chief of the Court Support Services Section, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY); Former Prosecutor, UN Mission to Kosovo; Former Head of Office, Special Court for Sierra Leone

Mr. Giuseppe Vaciago - Expert Attorney in Digital Forensics; Fellow, Cybercrime Institute (Cologne, Germany)

Mr. Lorenzo Vidino - Director of the Program on Extremism, Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, George Washington University (Washington, USA); Former Senior Fellow, Center for Security Studies (Zurich, Switzerland)

Ms. Christine Van den Wyngaert - Ad Litem Appeal Judge, Trial Division, International Criminal Court (ICC); Former Judge, ICTY; Former Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, University of Antwerp (Antwerp, Belgium)

Mr. William Wiley - Executive Director, Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA); Former International Legal Advisor, Iraqi High Tribunal; Former Human Rights Officer, UN Assistance Mission to Iraq; Former Investigator, ICC and ICTR; Former Intelligence Analyst, ICTY

Mr. Ugi Zvekic - Former Permanent Representative of the Republic of Serbia to the UN; Senior Advisor, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime; Chief of the Strategic Planning Unit, UNODC; Former Deputy Director, UNICRI


Mr. Irakli Beridze - Senior Strategy and Policy Advisor, UNICRI CBRN Risk Mitigation and Security Governance Programme; Former Special Projects Officer, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Expert on Artificial Intelligence

Ms. Francesca Bosco - Project Officer & Expert on Cybercrime, UNICRI Emerging Crimes Unit

Ms. Manuela Brunero - Programme Officer & Expert on Countering Violent Extremism, UNICRI Counter-Terrorism Programme

Mr. Francesco Marelli - Head of Programme, UNICRI CBRN Risk Mitigation and Security Governance

Ms. Ivana Roagna - Senior Training Specialist, UNICRI Training and Advanced Education Unit; Expert on Human Rights and Legal Assistance, Council of Europe; Criminal Justice Expert, OSCE-ODIHR

Mr. James Shaw - Senior legal officer, UNICRI Asset Recovery Advisor

Mr. Noel Klima - Programme Officer & Expert on Countering Violent Extremism, UNICRI Counter-Terrorism Programme

Mr. Marco Musumeci - Programme Officer & Expert on Counterfeiting, UNICRI

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