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Summer School on Transnational Organised Crime

12 – 23 June 2023

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Vienna, Austria

Submitted an application?
You will hear from us by the end of March. 

Our Standing Group on Organised Crime is delighted to be bringing its next Summer School on Transnational Crime to charming Vienna in June 2023. 


Delivered by our Standing Group on Organised Crime (SGOC) in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Summer School offers a truly unique hands-on learning experience.

The Summer School draws on the expertise of seasoned professionals to help you gain a deeper understanding of the challenges posed by, and responses to, transnational organised crime.

The exciting two-week programme features:

  • Guest lectures by renowned scholars and international experts;
  • Group projects;
  • Field trips to international organisations based in Vienna, including OSCE and GI-TOC.
By the end of the Summer School, you are anticipated 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 crime and assess their impact on containment.
  • Examine how states utilise the international legal framework to prevent and combat organised crime.
  • Scrutinise private sector, public-private and civil society responses to transnational 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.

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The Summer School is open to all master-level and early doctoral students, working on related topics. Applications from young professionals interested in the topic of the Summer School will be considered. Applications from outstanding undergraduate students will also be considered.

The Summer School will be delivered in English. All students will therefore be expected to have a good command of written and spoken English.

To apply, submit the following via this form by Wednesday 15 March 2023:

  1. Your resume/CV in English
  2. A statement of 250 words explaining:
    1. Why you would like to attend the Summer School;
    2. How you plan to benefit from the knowledge you anticipate to receive during the programme.

Partial or incomplete applications will not be processed. Late applications will not be accepted.

You will be informed about the outcome of your application by email in late March.

Fees and funding

The registration fees for the Summer School are €380 (without accommodation) or €700 (with accommodation).

The registration fees (excluding accommodation) include:

  • Two-week educational programme
  • Lectures
  • Course materials
  • A guided tour of the Vienna International Centre (UN)/UNODC
  • Two social events
  • E4J (UN) Certificate of Completion

The accommodation fee covers residence in a student dorm (double occupancy rooms).

Please note that your registration is not confirmed until your application has been accepted by the Summer School coordinator and your payment received in full.

Funding is available for students that require support with participation costs. One full (€700 - registration cost with accommodation) and three partial (€380 each - registration cost without accommodation) grants are available.

To apply, submit the following via Event Participat Funding by Wednesday 15 March 2023:

  1. A motivation application statement describing:
    • Why you are a good candidate for the funding;
    • How you plan to apply the knowledge gained at the Summer School.
  2. A letter to confirm you are not in receipt of any other funding for the event
  3. Proof of student status


Summer school's director
  • Yuliya Zabyelina John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
Summer school steering committee
  • Helena Farrand Carrapico Northumbria University
  • Felia Allum University of Bath
  • Nicole Kalczynski
  • Wydiane Djaidi UNODC
Invited speakers and special guests
  • Billy Batware UNODC
  • Deborah Alimi Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
  • Dina Siegel Utrecht Univerity
  • Dmitry Orlov UNODC
  • Felia Allum University of Bath
  • Flavia Romiti UNODC
  • Francesco Strazzari Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies
  • Jay Albanese Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Riikka Puttonen UNODC
  • Shahrzad Fouladvand University of Sussex
  • Siria Gastelum Felix Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime
  • Stan Gilmour Thames Valley Police
  • Tanya Wyatt UNODC
  • Thi Hoang Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime
  • Yuliya Zabyelina John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY

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