Winter School on Environmental crimes

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SIOI – P.zza di San Marco 51
00186 Roma
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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 the Italian Society for International Organization (SIOI) are pleased to offer the Winter Course on Environmental Crimes.

Winter School on Environmental crimes


The Winter 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 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


Upon attendance of all the lectures and completion of the course, participants will receive a UNICRI and SIOI certificate of participation.


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 crimes at a global level.

1. How to apply

• Application deadline: please complete and send the application form, which can be downloaded here, to and by 9 December 2019
• Confirmation of acceptance: the results of the selection process will be communicated via e-mail no later than 10 December 2019.
• Payment deadline: full payment has to be finalized no later than 13 December 2019 (i.e. candidates should provide UNICRI and SIOI with proof of payment via E-mail to by the same date).
Early Bird applicants
A discounted rate, amounting to € 850, is offered to Early Bird applicants.
In order to receive the discount, applicants must apply in accordance with the following deadlines:
• Application deadline: please complete and send the application form, which can be downloaded here, to and by 30 September 2019.
• Confirmation of acceptance: the results of the selection process will be communicated via E-mail, within 10 working days following receipt of the application.
• Payment deadline: full payment has to be finalized within 1 week following confirmation of acceptance, and no later than 11 October 2019 (i.e., candidates should provide UNICRI and SIOI with proof of payment via E-mail to by the same date).
Applicants requiring VISA (IMPORTANT)
Those applicants requiring VISA must apply in accordance with early bird deadlines. Please consider that it may take up to 30 days to receive a VISA from Italian Embassies and Consulates, depending on your country of origin. The Winter Course Administrative Office will provide assistance in facilitating VISA release for those who need it. For this purpose, please ensure that section F of the Application Form is properly completed. (i.e., candidates should provide UNICRI with proof of payment via E-mail to by the same date)

2. Fees
• General registration fees: € 950.
• Registration fees for Early Bird applicants (*): € 850.
• SIOI students and alumni fees (*): € 800.
Registration fees do not include additional expenses such as those related to travel, meals, accommodation, and VISA.

3. Cancellation and Refunds

In the case of a participant cancellation, registration fees will not be refunded.

4. 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 2019/2020 academic year will also be considered.


Società Italiana per l’Organizzazione Internazionale, Palazzetto di Venezia, Piazza di San Marco, 51 – 00186 Roma Tel. (39) 06/6920781 / e-mail: – /

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