UNICRI Master of Laws (LL.M.) Course in Transitional Crime and Justice

Course in Business and Law , in Law , in Peace Building
  • Italy, Italy
  • Apply Before : July 28, 2024

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 28526
  • Degree Master
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • Fields of study International law, transnational crime, justice, peace, conflicts, human rights
  • Opportunity Type : Self Funded
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Application Fee Required No

Opportunity Description

The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) and the University of Peace (UPEACE) have jointly organized this LL.M. Applications are now open for this program.

The Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Transnational Crime and Justice is intended for young professionals and university graduates aspiring to specialize in international law, including 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 preferences, the program can lead to careers in legal and political areas both nationally and internationally and to further academic studies.

Key Details

  • Application deadline: 28 July 2024 (rolling basis)
  • Offer to wait-listed applicants: From 2 September 2024
  • Confirmation or cancellation of the course: 13 October 2024
  • Distance-learning Phase: 18 November 2024 – 10 January 2025
  • Residential Phase: 29 January 2025 – 27 June 2025
  • Graduation ceremony: 11 July 2025
  • Location of the 2nd phase program: Turin, Italy
  • Target Group: Professionals and university graduates
  • Focus Area: International law, transnational crime, justice, peace, conflicts, human rights
  • Study Level: Master’s level (LL.M.)
  • Organizing institutions:  United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) and the University of Peace (UPEACE)


Via a combination of lectures, seminars, and practical sessions, successful students will acquire:

  • In-depth knowledge and practical skills in various aspects of international law and justice.
  • Exposure to theoretical and practical dimensions of investigation and adjudication of international crimes and human rights violations.
  • Understanding the functioning of international criminal tribunals, special and hybrid courts, and their impact on national legal systems.
  • Insights into transitional justice, justice reform, and the rule of law in post-conflict scenarios.
  • Familiarity with policies and tools of international organizations for the prevention and punishment of transnational organized crime and other transnational crimes.

For information about the program’s tuition fees, visit here.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a 3-year university degree from an internationally renowned university in Law, Political Science, Criminology, Social Sciences, International Relations, or equivalent academic subjects.
  • Open to professionals and university graduates worldwide.
  • No specific gender restrictions were mentioned.
  • Candidates with a background or interest in international law, peace and conflict studies, human rights, or related fields are encouraged to apply.
  • Complete proficiency in written and spoken English. Please remember that a good knowledge of English is necessary.

Selection process

UNICRI and UPEACE select successful applicants according to the following information:

  • Selection is carried out on a rolling basis.
  • Applicants are notified of the results via email within seven working days of application submission.
  • Accepted candidates must confirm acceptance within four days and complete payment within ten days.
  • Wait-listed applicants will be informed of the outcome starting from 2 September.

How to Apply?

Candidates will need to submit a completed (2024/25) application form (in MS Word format only) via email along with all the documents listed below to the following email address:

Submission Email: unicri.llm@un.org



Required documents

  • A motivation letter is a personal statement illustrating your interest in this program and indicating any relevant experience. It should be written in English and no more than one page long.
  • Curriculum Vitae in English
  • A scanned passport copy showing only the personal information and photo page(s).
  • Official English certificate, if available
  • A certified copy of the Bachelor’s(or higher) diploma(s) in its original language issued by the relevant University is necessary.
  • If the original document (s) is not in English, an official attested translation of the above diploma(s)and transcript (s) into English is required.
  • An attested copy of the university transcript(s) of records of all the university studies completed or underway in the original language issued by the competent University (ies).
  • Italian Embassies may request any other documents to issue a study visa.


For more information, please refer to the UNICRI website.


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