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Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Transnational Crime and Justice 2020-21

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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 international law dimensions of peace and conflicts, transnational crimes and transitional justice, humanitarian law, international criminal law and procedure, and international human rights law.

Depending on each student’s background and interests, the programme is functional for careers in the legal and political sectors both at a national and international level as well as in 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 transition;
  • 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 organised crime and transnational crimes such as corruption, trafficking in persons, smuggling of migrants, environmental crime, terrorism, and cybercrime.
Structure and Content

The LL.M is characterized by an interdisciplinary academic strategy that integrates theory and practice, favours active exchange of ideas, and further the comparative and critical thinking skills of the students.

The academic curriculum of the programme unfolds into three phases:

During the Distance-learning Phase (23 November 2020 – 15 January 2021), students will have access to the online platform of the LL.M. Programme, on which in addition to self-study, they will have to carry out readings, group works and other interactive activities with the support of a tutor. At the end of this phase, an exam is foreseen.

The Residential Phase (27 January - 25 June 2021) 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 class 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 Ceremony will take place on 9 July 2021.

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:

  • 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;
  • International Humanitarian Law;
  • International Criminal Law and International Criminal Procedure;
  • International Human Rights Law;
  • Public International Law;
  • Criminal Law and Procedure in a Comparative Perspective.

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:

a. receive passing marks in all the assessments and foreseen exams;

b. 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.

Entry requirements

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold at least a 3-year university degree issued by an internationally recognised university in Law, Political Science, International Relations, Criminology, Social Sciences, or equivalent academic subjects.
  • Full proficiency in written and spoken English. Please note that a good command of English is essential. During the course students will be asked to actively engage in class activities, draft documents, analyse case files and legal documents, discuss practical scenarios and work in groups.

Although a certificate of English knowledge is not required, proficiency score ranges from the below internationally recognized certificates are suggested to be equal to or above the following:

  1. International TOEFL: Paper-based: 575; Computer-based: 230; Internet-based: 90.
  2. IELTS (academic module): Minimum score of 6.5.
  3. Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: Grades A, B, C.
  4. Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: Grades A, B.

The programme coordination officers may arrange phone interviews to assess the competencies of candidates before the selection is finalized.

For additional information on the required documents to apply to the LL.M., please visit the relevant section.

Información sobre tarifas

Tuition fees amounts to USD 11,000. Please note that: - Tuition fees do not cover additional expenses such as those related to VISA, travel, food, and accommodation. - Tuition fees are non-refundable under any circumstances including rejection of VISA applications. - The only event under which tuition fees will be refunded is the cancellation of the course by its organizers. - Applicants receiving an offer for the 2020-21 edition of the LL.M. cannot defer it to the following academic year. For more detailed information on Fees please visit:

Cómo registrarse

Applicants will need to submit a duly completed application form (in MS Word format only - click here to download) by email together with all the documents listed below to the following email address:

  • Motivation letter, a personal statement explaining why you are interested in this particular programme and outlining any relevant experience you have. The statement should be written in English and not exceed one page.
  • Curriculum Vitae in English
  • Scanned copy of passport reproducing only the personal details and photo page(s).
  • Official English certificate if available (see section on entry requirements and item number 10 of the application form).
  • An official copy of the Bachelor's (or higher) diploma(s) in its original language issued by the competent University.
  • An official certified translation of the above diploma(s) into English if the original document(s) is issued in another language.*
  • An official copy of the university transcript(s) of records of all the university studies completed or on-going in the original language issued by the competent University (ies). The official transcript of records must include the following information: full titles of all the courses completed throughout the degree; dates of completion of each course (or at the very least the overall time spent to complete the entire programme); grades obtained; credits awarded; and information on the grading scale.
  • An official certified translation of the above transcript(s) of records into English if the original document(s) is issued in another language.
  • Any other document that Italian Embassies may require in order to issue study visa. Once selected, you are kindly requested to ask for relevant information to the Italian Embassy.

Please note that the submitted application is valid for the 2020/21 edition of the LL.M. only. If you are not selected and wish to apply for the forthcoming edition of the same programme, you may submit a new application as soon as the new call for applications is open.

** The official certified translation of the university diploma(s) and transcript(s) of records is issued by the National Competent Authority of the country where the student has conducted his/her studies according to national regulations.*