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Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Transnational Crime and Justice 2018-19
UN Campus

November 2018 - July 2019

The Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Transnational Crime and Justice is designed for young professionals and university graduates wishing to specialize in the fields of humanitarian law, international criminal law and procedure, international human rights law, international law dimensions of peace and conflicts, transnational crimes and transitional justice.

Depending on each student’s background and interest, the programme is ideal for careers in the legal and political sectors both at a national and international level as well as further academic studies.

Through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical exercises selected students will acquire:

  • in-depth knowledge on the theoretical and practical aspects related to the investigation and adjudication of international crimes and human rights violations;
  • overall comprehension of the functioning of international criminal tribunals, special and hybrid courts and their legacy to national courts;
  • familiarity with the principle of rule of law and thorough understanding of the interdisciplinary processes and mechanisms related to transitional justice and justice reform in post-conflict situations and countries in transitions;
  • unique insights into the policies and tools of the United Nations, other international organizations as well as national bodies for the prevention, investigation, control and punishment of transnational crimes such as corruption, counterfeiting, environmental crime, smuggling of migrants, terrorism and trafficking in persons.

The academic curriculum  of the Master programme is divided into 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.

General Deadlines 2018 - 2019

Deadline for application by 16 Sept 2018
Results of the selection process by 26 Sept 2018
Confirmation of acceptance by selected students by 30 Sept 2018
Payment of fees by 10 Oct 2018
Confirmation or cancellation of the course by 31 Oct 2018

If you wish to submit an application please visit the programme webpage or contact the LL.M. Office at or by phone at (+39) 011 6537 157 - 154 -- (+39) 011 6537 111

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