Environmental Crimes

One-week intensive course providing participants a fundamental understanding of what environmental crimes are and on how law enforcement bodies and judicial systems are responding.


SDG16: Peace, justice and strong institutions
Environmental Crimes
environmental crimes

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:

  • 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
  • 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

Target Audience

1. University graduates in Law, Political Science, International Relations, Economics, Social Science and other relevant disciplines;

2. Young professionals working in governmental institutions, local authorities, international and non-governmental organizations.

Learning Objectives

• Acquisition of in-depth knowledge and practical skills by students, to be applied in their future career

• Gathering of skills and knowledge to better advocate for public policies, strategies, and good practices in relation to topics treated during the courses

• Results of the training evaluation used to revise future training sessions

• Beginning of a professional path/advance in students’ respective career

• Improved coordination, knowledge collection and progress in the academic and/or professional career in the international and humanitarian law field of all students

• Fostering of institutional development and judicial reform at the international level and in each student’s country of origin to contribute to the strengthening of the rule of law

• Development of lasting professional relationships among participants