Winter School – Environmental crimes (online course)

  • Giornate/orari delle lezioni

  • 5 days
  • h 14.00 – h 17.00 (CET TIME)

  • Date master

  • 21/11/2022
  • 25/11/2022
  • Sede

  • Contatti


Environmental crimes have been 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 clearly 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 rapidly becoming 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 several factors and 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 SIOI UNA Italy are pleased to offer the sixth edition of the Winter Course on Environmental Crimes, a one-week online course shedding light on current issues related to environmental crimes which will take place from 21 to 25 November 2022.

Winter School – Environmental crimes (online course)

6th Edition

The Winter School offers professional, legal, social, scientific and academic perspectives through live webinars, group discussions, dynamic case studies, individual readings, and practical exercises.

The faculty is composed of leading scholars and academics from leading universities, representatives of the United Nations system, international human rights bodies and the civil society.

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.

This course is delivered online. It combines live webinars in our virtual classroom, led by subject matter experts, with self-paced activities and interactive group discussions.

The live webinars are conducted on a dedicated online platform. Participants need a computer (recommended) or a mobile device with audio and video capabilities, a headset with microphone to connect to the audio through the computer or mobile device, as well as a reliable internet connection. We recommend accessing audio through the computer. No special software is required. Upon acceptance to the course, participants will be provided with the information to access the platform.


The  Winter School on Environmental Crimes live webinars are from 21 to 25 November 2022 from 2:00 pm to  5:00 pm CET Time (8:00am – 11:00am New York-time), from Monday to Friday.

The curriculum of the course may focus 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 COVID-19
  • Involvement of organized criminal groups in environmental crimes, with a specific focus on trafficking of natural resources
  • 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

Upon attendance of all live webinars and completion of the course activities and assignments, participants will receive a SIOI and UNICRI certificate of participation.


How to apply
• Application deadline: please complete the application form, which can be downloaded at the following link:, and send it to and by 13  November 2022.
• Confirmation of acceptance: the results of the selection process will be communicated via e-mail no later than 14 November 2022.
• Payment deadline: full payment has to be finalized no later than 16 November 2022 (i.e. candidates should provide UNICRI and SIOI with proof of payment via E-mail to by the same date).

• General registration fees: € 600.

Registration fees includes:

  • Tuition
  • Course material on electronic version

Upon confirmation of acceptance, fees can be paid through bank transfer to SIOI (UNICREDIT Ag. A Via del Corso, 307 – 00186 Roma) IBAN code: IT79X0200805181000400118070 – SWIFT code: UNCRITM1B44

Cancellation and Refunds

As per our general policy, in the case of cancellation of your participation, registration fees will not be refunded for any reason.

Given the current exceptional circumstances, however, full refund of the registration fees will be guaranteed should the cancellation be linked to the Corona Virus crisis (i.e. health problems of the participant or spouse/registered partner/children or parents). Evidence of such ground should be provided when requesting the refund.

Entry requirements
The course is designed for university graduates in Law, Political Science, International Relations, Economics, Social Science or other relevant disciplines, and for young professionals working in governmental institutions, local authorities, international organizations, NGOs or the private sector seeking to deepen their understanding in environmental crimes. Candidates must meet the following requirements:
• Hold at least a three-year university degree issued by an internationally recognized university in one of the aforementioned areas.
• Have a very good working knowledge of English.
Applications from students who expect to graduate at the end of the 2022/2023 academic year will also be considered.

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