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Spring School on Transnational Organized Crime and Terrorism: is there a nexus? May 2018

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7-11 May 2018

Application deadline: 25 April 2018


UNICRI in cooperation with John Cabot University (JCU), is organizing the second edition of the Spring School on Transnational Organized Crime and Terrorism: is there a nexus?, which will take place at JCU in Rome, Italy from 7 to 11 May 2018.

Transnational organized crime and terrorism represent two of the most complex threats facing the international community today. When analyzing the nexus between terror and crime, the distinction between these concepts becomes blurred, and can at times converge − investigating and understanding this link may assist in the implementation of informed national and international legal standards in the fight against criminal and terrorist networks.

With these considerations in mind, UNICRI will deliver this one-week intensive course on Transnational Organized Crime and Terrorism to shed light on their potential nexus. More specifically, the curriculum of the course focuses on:

  • Transnational organized crime: definitions, organizations and legal framework
  • Terrorism: definitions, groups, and legal framework
  • Nature of crime-terror relationship
  • Organized crime and terrorism in cyberspace
  • Terrorist financing
  • Impact of crime-terror nexus
  • Critical reflections on the crime/terror nexus

The Spring School combines theory-based lectures with roundtable discussions, challenging case studies, and practical exercises. The faculty is composed of leading scholars and academics from JCU and other universities, as well as international legal experts from the United Nations system, international and non-governmental organizations, and civil society.

 Among the lecturers:

  • Francesca Bosco, Programme Officer, United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)
  • Elena D’Angelo, Senior Researcher, Research Centre on Security and Crime (RISSC)
  • Francesca Galli, Jean Monnet Fellow, Robert Schuman Centre of Advanced Studies, European University Institute (EUI)
  • Kristiina Kangaspunta, Chief, Crime Research Section, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
  • Ted Leggett, Research Officer, Crime Research Section, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
  • Tamara Makarenko, Managing Director, West Sands Advisory Limited

In this unique learning environment, participants will have the opportunity to interact with internationally recognised experts, meet peers and build lasting professional relationships with young professionals and students from around the world. This intensive experience fosters intercultural dialogue and promotes a deeper understanding of two of the most salient issues faced by the international community.