Install the app

Install this application on your home screen for quick and easy access when you’re on the go.

Just tap Share then “Add to Home Screen”


Install the app

Install this application on your home screen for quick and easy access when you’re on the go.

Just tap Share then “Add to Home Screen”

Summer School on Transnational Organised Crime

12 – 25 June 2024

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


Applications are now closed. 

Our Standing Group on Organised Crime is delighted to be returning to Vienna for its next Summer School on Transnational Crime in June 2024. 


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.

Stay tuned: Subscribe to our Events mailing list via My ECPR
Questions? Contact our Events Team


The Summer School is open to all master-level and early doctoral students, working on related topics. Applications from early career 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 Friday 1 March 2024:

  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.


The registration fees for the Summer School are €450 (without accommodation) and includes a two-week educational programme, lectures, course materials, a guided tour of the Vienna International Centre (UN)/UNODC, two social events and a E4J (UN) Certificate of Completion.

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.


To encourage students from diverse backgrounds to attend, three successful applicants will be granted full fee waivers. Additionally, one applicant will be awarded both a fee waiver and also have their accommodation costs fully covered. To apply, please provide a supporting statement alongside your application outlining why you are a good candidate for the funding (max. 180 words).


The 2024 Summer School on Transnational Organised Crime will cover the following topics:

1. Transnational organised crime and its various manifestations

Including trafficking in persons, human smuggling, drug trafficking, environmental crime such as waste trafficking, illegal mining, crimes in the fisheries sector and wildlife crime, cyber organised crime, trafficking in cultural property, counterfeiting, trafficking in falsified medical products, and trafficking in firearms, etc.

2. Criminal justice responses to transnational organised crime

Including prosecution, investigation, and law enforcement strategies.

3. The United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC)
4. Linkages between organised crime and terrorism
5. Data collection, research methods and risk analysis techniques applicable to the study of transnational organised crime

The curriculum of the Summer School will be presented through a variety of innovative pedagogy, enabling you to learn in real-time via lectures and seminars, discussions, practical exercises, film screenings and social events. The flexible format also provides regular opportunities for peer-to-peer interaction and one-on-one engagement with faculty.

Beyond a rich programme of lectures led by scholars and international experts, including from the UNODC, the Summer School offers an opportunity to test your ability to apply theory to practice by engaging them in practical exercises.

You'll be asked to research and write case briefs based on real-life examples of organised crime. The cases will be submitted to the UNODC SHERLOC team, and considered for publication in the SHERLOC Case Law Database.

Upon successful completion of the practical assignment and attendance of the programme, participants will be provided with an ECPR and UNODC certificate of completion.


Summer school's organising team

Director: Yuliya Zabyelina, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY

Summer school steering committee
Felia Allum University of Bath

Loading news

Loading key dates

Share this page