26-28 November 2018 - the Education for Justice (E4J) initiative, a component of the Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration, jointly with CRIMJUST and the Ministry of Security of the Republic of Argentina, held an Expert Workshop aimed at enhancing the capacity of professors and trainers to teach on organized crime. The Expert Workshop took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and brought together national experts, academics and government officials with a view to enhancing their familiarity with the E4J Organized Crime University Modules and considering effective approaches to teaching the Modules in academic and other tertiary level training institutions.
The three-day course strengthened the participants' capacity to teach courses based on the E4J Modules. In this regard, the attending 24 experts and academics from various Argentinean institutions, such as the Ministry of Security, the Public Ministry, Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, and national universities presented their views on the Modules and gave short lectures based on the material on a variety of topics ranging from the causes and facilitators of organized crime, the markets and activities of organized criminal groups and international cooperation in the fight against transnational organized crime.
During the opening of the event, Martin Verrier, Under-Secretary for the Fight Against Drug Trafficking from the Ministry of Security, underlined the importance of aligning efforts to consolidate joint initiatives and increase the understanding on organized crime, its implications, as well as the knowledge of the E4J educational tools and resources produced by UNODC and placed at disposal of Member States and civil society at large.
The sessions of the workshop were aimed at supporting participants in adapting and integrating the E4J Modules in educational curricula and enhancing organized crime education at graduate and post-graduate level.
To promote sustainability and standardized educational materials on organized crime, during 2019, UNODC under the framework of CRIMJUST and the E4J initiative will be organizing an event for the official adoption of the E4J Modules with the certification of the Argentinean University Belgrano.
Overall, the multidisciplinary insights shared at the workshop will contribute to the fine-tuning of the series of regional E4J Modules designed to support lecturers across Latin America in delivering organized crime education in diverse disciplinary and regional settings.
Under the framework of the CRIMJUST project funded by European Union Cocaine Route Programme, UNODC and its partners (INTERPOL and TI) aim to assist Member States to enhance their capacity and integrity of criminal justice institutions to detect, investigate, prosecute and adjudicate illicit cocaine trafficking cases, and to foster cooperation at the interregional level for effective action to tackle drug trafficking and related organized crime.
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