New Specialized Training on Global Threats to Justice, Peace and Security

*Drug control and international legislation


Despite the many efforts spent over the last decades, illicit drug trafficking and consumption continue to be a priority in the international and national agenda. Many countries all around the world are still affected in terms of production, transit and destination, and abuse of drugs. The trafficking and consume of illegal drugs undermines the rule of law, stability and development, the well being of individuals and the cohesion of communities, and is often associated to other criminal activities.


The focus of the course will primarily be on the legal framework, and in particular on the drug control conventions. Participants will deepen their knowledge of the different aspects related to drugs trafficking (including trends and routes), enhance understanding of legal and policy measures and the international framework to counter illicit drugs production and abuse. A special attention will be given to gender-responsive drug use prevention and recovery strategies, patients’ access to services and to a coordinated and integrated approach based on human rights, health, welfare and development.

Ultimately the course will promote institutions capacity, and the governance of national drug control systems, awareness and information strategies to address relevant challenges.

  • The following issues will be featured during the course:
  • International drug control treaties and conventions
  • International policy framework (Commission on Narcotic Drugs, International
  • Narcotics Control Board)
  • Measures to combat illicit drug trafficking and related money-laundering
  • Legalizing drugs: Why – why not
  • Drug use prevention, treatment and care
  • Drugs and gender
  • Alternative development to illicit drug cultivation

The lecturers are representatives from local, regional, and national organizations (including the law enforcement and the judiciary), academics, policy makers, experts in the fields of sociology, psychology, and pharmacology, along with specialists on addiction and gender-based issues.

The training module will promote transfer of good practices and enhance networking with national, regional and international organizations, and research centres.

Course information

The course lasts 5 days and is designed for university graduates in Law, Political Science, International Relations, Economics, Social Science, Public Policy and other relevant disciplines. It is also suited to professionals working in governmental institutions, local authorities, international and non-governmental organizations. 

Upon full completion of the course the UNICRI will grant a Certificate of Participation.

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