Due to the complex nature of terrorism, and in order to meet the Member States' evolving needs, TPB has increasingly focused on specialized thematic areas, such as financing of terrorism, international cooperation in criminal matters in relation to terrorism, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear terrorism, and victims of terrorism. TPB also developed the capacity to respond to the evolving challenges of the counter-terrorism by building up activities in new areas such as the use of internet for terrorist purposes. TPB expertise in these thematic areas is supported by the publication of a large number of technical tools in all UN languages as well as local languages to enable the creation the necessary expertise among authorized criminal justice officials.

Now available in english counter-terrorism legal training curriculum module 3

Module 3 International Cooperation in Criminal Matters: Counter-Terrorism is a part of TPB's Counter-Terrorism Legal Training Curriculum. The Curriculum is a platform for the transfer of knowledge and expertise necessary for strengthening the capacity of national criminal justice officials in order to implement the universal legal framework against terrorism. Previously only available in French, it is now also available in English with anticipated release in all official UN languages.

The objective of the module is to enable legal practitioners in the field of counter-terrorism to develop a more rapid and effective responses by familiarizing them with the mechanisms of extradition and mutual legal assistance in criminal matters. This module will be incorporated in online courses, and live workshops and trainings.

Electronic versions in French and English are available at Print version in French is currently available and the English version will be available shortly.


Expansion of the Counter-Terrorism Online Learning Platform

Launched in February 2011, the UNODC Counter-Terrorism Learning Platform has developed into a fully integrated interactive tool, training criminal justice officials from around the world in the fight against terrorism.

In 2011, TPB, in partnership with Interpol and national organizations, held six online courses, some of which were delivered to regions such as Sahel or West Africa. The topics included Global Norms and International Criminal Cooperation against Terrorism. These courses, conducted entirely online, provided participants with the opportunity to learn through a highly interactive methodology that includes: completing tailor-made activities; debating with lecturers during live sessions and submitting comments to the modules.

The participants automatically become members of the first virtual community of practitioners. By the end of 2011, the global community has expanded to more than 470 officials from 92 countries. The community allows practitioners to contact and create networks, share good practices, keep abreast of legal developments, and to engage in "continuous learning". One important activity is the ability to participate in "live events" which allows the practitioner to debate on relevant issues related to counter-terrorism and interact with counter-terrorism experts in real-time. Some examples of live events include discussions on:

  • Why is the international legal framework against nuclear terrorism relevant for nuclear States and non-nuclear States alike?
  • Is the cooperation on mutual legal assistance and extradition between criminal justice officers and law enforcement officers satisfying? Where appropriate, how can it be strengthened?"
  • What would be the usefulness of the transfer of sentenced persons? Discuss its modalities and advantages with a prison reform expert.

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