|Evaluation||quiz after each study session, final test|
|Language||English, French, Spanish|
|Participation||free of charge, registration required|
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs, crime in all its forms, and terrorism. UNODC eLearning courses deliver online training on international security threats such as transnational organized crime, terrorism, illicit drugs, trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants, wildlife & forest crime and cybercrime.
This trainning module focuses on understanding organized crime, organized criminal groups and provisions of UN convention on organized crime. It also focuses on the social and criminal justice responses to organized crime, including law enforcement tools and prosecution strategies.
Transnational organized crime refers to those self-perpetuating associations of individuals who operate transnationally for the purpose of obtaining power, influence, monetary and/or commercial gains, wholly or in part by illegal means, while protecting their activities through a pattern of corruption and/ or violence, or while protecting their illegal activities through a transnational organizational structure and the exploitation of transnational commerce or communication mechanisms. There is no single structure under which transnational organized criminals operate; they vary from hierarchies to clans, networks, and cells, and may evolve to other structures. The crimes they commit also vary. Transnational organized criminals act conspiratorially in their criminal activities and possess certain characteristics which may include, but are not limited to:
a) In at least part of their activities they commit violence or other acts which are likely to intimidate or make actual or implicit threats to do so,
b) They exploit differences between countries to further their objectives, enriching their organization, expanding its power, and/or avoiding detection/apprehension,
c) They attempt to gain influence in government, politics, and commerce through corrupt as well as legitimate means,
d) They have economic gain as their primary goal, not only from patently illegal activities but also from investment in legitimate businesses, and
e) They attempt to insulate both their leadership and membership from detection, sanction, and/ or prosecution through their organizational structure.
The training covers:
1) Introduction to organized crime and UN Convention against Organized Crime (UNTOC),
2) Organizing the commission of crimes,
3) Organized crime markets,
4) Organized crime in business and government,
5) Law enforcement tools and cooperation,
6) Prosecution and intervention strategies.
1. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), UNODC Global eLearning, Understanding Transnational Organized Crime,
2. U.S. National Security Council, Strategy to Combat Transnational Organized Crime: Definition
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