Post-Graduate Education

Environmental Crimes Winter School

Environmental Crimes Winter School

11-15 December 2017

Application deadline: 3 December 2017

How to apply

Environmental crimes are broadly defined as illegal acts that directly harm the environment. According to the main international agencies involved in the analysis, prevention and countering of environmental crimes, the following five types of criminal activities fall under this definition: illegal wildlife trade in endangered species; smuggling of ozone depleting substances (ODS); dumping and illicit trade in hazardous waste; illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing; illegal logging and trade in stolen timber.

Environmental crimes are one of the most significant topics in the study of state policy and international relations. However, because of the relatively nascent understanding of the nature of such crimes and the threats that these pose, international, judicial and societal norms have often proven to be inadequate in halting their perpetration. Gaining awareness about the complexity of these crimes is therefore of critical importance to improve laws and policies.

Given the increasingly central role that environmental crimes are playing in defining the agenda of the global community and the evolution of international law, UNICRI and the Italian Society for International Organization (SIOI)1 are pleased to offer the third edition of the Winter School on Environmental Crimes, which will take place at the SIOI Headquarters in Rome (Italy), from 11 to 15 December 2017.

The course will provide participants a fundamental understanding of what environmental crimes are and on how law enforcement bodies and judicial systems are responding. The existing international legal framework will be examined with a view to improve participants’ ability to address the issue in a comprehensive way and promote their role as advocates for an effective change in public policies, strategies and practices. More specifically, the curriculum of the course focuses on:

  • Environment and geopolitics
  • The concept of environmental protection and its evolution
  • Existing international legal frameworks to prevent crimes against the environment
  • Links between environmental crimes and human rights violations
  • Involvement of organized criminal groups in environmental crimes, with a specific focus on trafficking of natural resources
  • Emerging trends in environmental crimes
  • Waste trafficking and its impact on human health and security
  • Wildlife crimes
  • Risk analysis of environmental crimes
  • Environmental conflicts and justice
  • Individual, corporate and State accountability for environmental crimes

The faculty is composed by high level scholars and academics from leading universities and research institutes as well as representatives of the United Nations System and other international organizations.

Participants will have the opportunity to interact with internationally recognised experts, meet peers and build lasting professional relationships with young professionals and students from all over the world. This intense experience fosters intercultural dialogue and a deeper understanding of one of the most serious emerging crime at global level.

1. The Italian Society for International Organization (SIOI) is an international non-profit organization that has been operating since 1944 subject to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs supervision. It is the Italian Association for the United Nations (UNA Italy), a founding member of the World Federation of the United Nations Associations; (WFUNA) and an active member of the International Forum on Diplomatic Training (IFDT) in Vienna. SIOI institutional aims are diplomatic and international training, gathering research and information on topics in international organization, international relations, international cooperation, and international protection of human rights.

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