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Summer School on Transnational Organised Crime

7 – 26 June 2021, Virtual event

Call for applications now open! Submit by Saturday 1 May.

Our Standing Group on Organised Crime (SGOC) is pleased to announce its first online Summer School on Transnational Organised Crime. Held in a new all-empowering and equal opportunity format, the remote programme offers a remarkable learning experience from the comfort of your own home. 

As with previous SGOC Schools, the programme is intended to enhance interactions between scholars and practitioners while providing a deeper understanding of the challenges posed by — and potential responses to — transnational organised crime.

In collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Summer School utilises the unique expertise of seasoned professionals to provide instruction on — and facilitate a deeper understanding of — the dynamics of transnational organised crime. More on the cirriculum.

The Summer School will give you the chance to:
  • Distinguish the ways in which criminal activities and structures transcend international borders;
  • Explain how the current nature of international borders both restrains and provides opportunities for crime;
  • Critically assess the validity and reliability of data on transnational crime;
  • Identify major elements of the legal and institutional framework for international cooperation against transnational organised crime and assess their impact on containment;
  • Examine how states utilise the international legal framework to prevent and combat organized crime;
  • Scrutinise private sector, public-private and civil society responses to transnational organised crime and identify best practices
  • Gain first-hand experience contributing to the SHERLOC Knowledge Management Portal, an initiative developed by the UNODC
  • Assist in the dissemination of information on the implementation of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its three supplementing Protocols

There is a limit of 50 participants for this Summer School, so submit your application early! 

  • Master’s level students from any discipline interested in the study of transnational organised crime, though most the cirriculum is most suited to students studying social sciences or law;
  • Applications from outstanding undergraduate students and doctoral candidates will also be considered.
  • A three-week educational programme
  • Interactive online sessions on a variety of topics related to transnational organised crime and its containment
  • Lectures by renowned scholars and international experts on organised crime
  • Lectures: 15:00–16:30 CEST
  • Seminars: 17:00–18:30 CEST

The selection process is competitive and will be based on the following criteria:

  • enrolment in a university programme (preferably at the master’s level);
  • clearly identifiable interest in transnational organised crime based on past academic, extra-curricular and professional activities;
  • general academic standing (e.g., academic performance, achievements, awards, etc.); and
  • interest and motivation to attend the Summer School.

All class time for all courses will be held remotely through Zoom, an online remote platform. You'll be required to have a device with a working microphone, camera, and internet connection to be able to fully engage and participate in all aspects of the virtual classroom lectures, discussions, and exercises.

Attendance will be taken throughout the Summer School. You'll receive a certificate of successful completion if you attend all class hours and successfully complete the practical assignment.

How to apply

Submit your application via this form by Saturday 1 May.

You'll be notified about the outcome of your application by Sunday 9 May. If you are successful, you'll receive a link to register.

Registration and fees

Registration fee: £250

The fee includes study materials and a certificate of completion.

Students from developing countries can apply for a full or partial waiver of the participation fee. A total of 4 full waivers and 5 partial waivers of £125 will be administered.

Successful applicants can register between Monday 10 May and Tuesday 25 May.

Organisers, faculty and speakers

  • Director Yuliya Zabyelina
  • Assistant Director Nicole Kalczynski
  • Steering Committee Felia Allum and Maria Cristina Montefusco
  • Alberto Vannucci University of Pisa, Italy Alexandra Reid, Royal United Services Institute, UK
  • Anita Lavorgna University of Southampton, UK
  • Baris Cayli Messina University of Derby, UK
  • Brendan Marsh Queen’s University Belfast, UK
  • Colin Craig UNODC
  • Daan van Uhm Utrecht University, Netherlands
  • Deborah Alimi University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, France
  • Dina Siegel Utrecht University, Netherlands
  • Diorella Islas Fellow at Women in International Security
  • Dmitry Orlov UNODC
  • Elizabeth David-Barett University of Sussex, UK
  • Fabrizio Sarrica UNODC
  • Felia Allum University of Bath, UK
  • Flavia Romiti UNODC
  • Helena Farrand Carrapico Northumbria University, UK
  • Jay Albanese Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
  • Kimberley Thachuk Johns Hopkins University, USA
  • Marco Dugato Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore-Transcrime, Italy
  • Maria Cristina Montefusco UNODC
  • Mark Williams Royal United Services Institute, UK
  • Morgane Nicot UNODC
  • Neil Walsh UNODC
  • Riikka Puttonen UNODC
  • Shahrzad Fouladvand University of Sussex, UK
  • Simon Harding University of West London, UK
  • Simonetta Grassi UNODC
  • Sine Plambech Danish Institute for International Studies, Denmark
  • Siria Gastélum Félix Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime
  • Stan Gilmour Thames Valley Police, UK
  • Tanya Wyatt Northumbria University, UK
  • Yuliya Zabyelina John Jay College of Criminal Justice, USA
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