This module is a resource for lecturers


In 2003, the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (Organized Crime Convention) entered into force. The Convention arose out of international recognition of the cross-border activities and impact of organized crime, as well as the inherent need to combat and prevent organized crime. The Organized Crime Convention represents a commitment to international cooperation in the fight against transnational organized crime. This module serves as an introduction to the Organized Crime Convention, highlighting its history and features as well as the main characteristics of related international legal instruments

Topics covered

  • Organized Crime Convention
  • Organized crime
  • Protocols
  • Corruption Convention
  • Drug control treaties
  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
  • Conference of the Parties (COP)

Learning outcomes

  • Know the motivation and historical context underlying the creation of the Organized Crime Convention;
  • Understand basic features of the Organized Crime Convention, including the offences criminalized, the legal provisions covered and the Protocols incorporated;
  • Identify and understand complementary legal instruments that may be used to supplement the Organized Crime Convention.