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Winter School on Environmental Crimes, 20-24 November 2023, Online - Deadline for application: 6 November 2023

Winter School on Environmental Crimes, 20-24 November 2023, Online


UNICRI and the Italian Society for International Organization (SIOI) are organizing the seventh edition of the Winter School on Environmental Crimes, which will be delivered online, from 20 to 24 November 2023.

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 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

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.

Through a dedicated online platform, participants will have the opportunity to interact with international recognized experts and peers from all over the world, so to build lasting professional relationships. This experience fosters intercultural dialogue and promotes a deeper understanding of some of the world’s most complex and debated issues.


1. Relevant information

Dates                                                  20-24 November 2023

Venue                                                 Online


Course Deadlines

Application deadline                        6 November 2023 (rolling basis)

Confirmation of acceptance         Within 1 week following receipt of the

Payment deadline                             Within 1 week following confirmation of acceptance.


2. Entry requirements

The course is designed for university graduates in Law, Political Science, International Relations, Economics, Social Science, and other relevant disciplines. It is also addressed to young professionals working in governmental institutions, local authorities, international and non-governmental organizations seeking to deepen their understanding of current environmental crimes issues.

Candidates must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Hold 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 2023/24 academic year will also be considered.


3. Course Methodology

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 live webinars are from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Rome-time (8:00am - 11:00am New York-time), from Monday to Friday. 


4. How to apply

  • Application deadline: please complete and send the application form - and a scanned copy of your valid passport - to and by 6 November 2023.(selection is carried out on a rolling basis).
  • Confirmation of acceptance: the results of the selection process will be communicated via e-mail, within 1  week following receipt of the application.
  • Payment deadline: full payment has to be finalized within 1 week following confirmation of acceptance (i.e. candidates should provide UNICRI and SIOI with proof of payment via e-mail to and


Download the Application form:



5. Registration Fees

Registration fees amounts to 600 Euro.

Registration fees includes:

  • Tuition
  • Course material on electronic version


6. Cancellation and Refunds

In the event of a participant cancellation for any reason registration fees will not be refunded.


7. Certificate of participation

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


8. Contacts

UNICRI: +39 011 6537111

SIOI: +39 06 6920781

Email: - (please indicate “Environmental Crimes” in the subject of the email).