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Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Transnational Crime and Justice, 18 November 2024 - 27 June 2025, UN Campus Turin - Deadline for application: 28 July 2024



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The Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Transnational Crime and Justice, jointly organized by the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) and by the University for Peace (UPEACE), is designed for 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 interest, the programme is functional for careers in the legal and political sectors both at a national and international level as well 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 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 organized crime and transnational crimes, including corruption, trafficking in persons, smuggling of migrants, environmental crimes, terrorism, and cybercrime.

The academic curriculum of the Master programme is divided into two phases:

  • Distance-learning Phase: 18 November 2024 – 10 January 2025
  • Residential Phase: 29 January 2025 – 27 June 2025

The Graduation Project, at the end of the residential phase, will consist in a Moot Court simulation that will help students to refine their skills in written and oral courtroom advocacy on selected matters of substantive international criminal law.

The Graduation Ceremony will take place on 11 July 2025.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be awarded an LL.M. degree officially issued by the University for Peace.

The residential phase of the programme is held in the unparalleled setting of the United Nations Campus in Turin, Italy. The Campus is located on 10 hectares of riverside parkland and hosts other national and international organizations such as the ITC-ILO and UNSSC. Under regular circumstances, it annually runs more than 450 programmes and projects involving approximately 11,000 people from over 180 countries, also offering to its guests’ leisure, dining, and sports facilities.

Below is a brief description of the Organizers:

UNICRI is one of the main training and research institutes of the UN System. It was established in 1968 and is mandated to support countries worldwide in preventing crime and promoting criminal justice. Over the years the Institute has developed a sound expertise in research and training, which is reflected in the organization of several capacity-building activities and specialized postgraduate courses.

UPEACE headquartered in Costa Rica, is a Treaty Organization established in 1980 through an International Agreement approved by the United Nations General Assembly in Resolution 35/55, and has the mandate “to provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace and with the aim of promoting among all human beings the spirit of understanding, tolerance and peaceful coexistence, to stimulate cooperation among peoples and to help lessen obstacles and threats to world peace and progress, in keeping with the noble aspirations proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations”. By virtue of the mandate granted to it by Article 15 of the Charter of the University for Peace, annexed to the International Agreement Establishing the University for Peace, UPEACE conducts master’s and Doctorate Degree programmes in fields that promote peace and security.

Please download the Application Form for the LL.M. 2024 – 2025 below:



Deadlines – 2024/2025


Deadline for applications

28 July 2024 (rolling basis)

Offer to wait-listed applicants

Confirmation or cancellation of the course

From 2 September 2024

13 October 2024 


The selection is carried out on a rolling basis; applicants will be notified of the results of the selection process via e-mail within 7 working days of the submission of their application. Please note that, if you are offered a place, you will have 4 days to accept the offer (from the date of the confirmation email), and after that, you will have 10 days to complete the payment. Applicants who are not selected after the first review are placed on a waiting list.

Wait-listed applicants will be informed of the final outcome of the selection starting from 2 September. If selected, applicants will be given 3 days to accept the offer (from the date of the confirmation email) and 5 days to complete the payment

In light of the above, we strongly advise students to plan for the payment of the fees already at the time of the application. These deadlines cannot be postponed and payment in multiple installments is not allowed.

LL.M. Office Contacts

Tel.: (+39) 011 6537 157 or 154

(+39) 011 6537 111

Postal address
LL.M. in Transnational Crime and Justice, UNICRI
Viale Maestri del Lavoro, 10 - 10127 - Torino ITALY