Tertiary Education

Through the Education for Justice (E4J) initiative, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has developed a series of university modules and other tools to assist academics teaching on some of today's most crucial threats. Specifically, E4J aims to support tertiary level educators and academics in their efforts to transmit knowledge and create a deeper understanding of rule of law related issues, with a focus on the subject areas of crime prevention and criminal justice, anti-corruption, organized crime, trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants, firearms, cybercrime, wildlife crime, counter-terrorism as well as integrity and ethics. More than 600 academics and national experts from more than 550 universities and 114 countries contributed to the development of the university module series and participated in related activities. Since its inception, E4J has brought together more than 1,700 lecturers to support them in their efforts to teach on SDG 16 and rule of law related topics. In addition, several partners actively support E4J in the dissemination and translation of modules in various languages in order to make them accessible to a diverse and global audience.

The university modules are designed for use as a stand-alone teaching resources, or as a means of enhancing existing courses in criminology, law, political science, international relations, business, sociology, and many other disciplines. A “pick and choose” approach allows for lecturers to seamlessly fit them into current syllabi. Alternatively, lectures can use the “create your own course” feature and combine modules form different thematic areas to suit their needs.

Open source and available for free, we invite academics to use the E4J materials, provide us with feedback and link up to our E4J network to find out how the UN and academia can work together closer. Let's join forces in shaping tomorrow's leaders and empowering the next generation to tackle the most pressing global challenges posed by crime and help to achieve SDG 16, more just, peaceful and inclusive societies.

Terms of Use and Disclaimers for University Modules

Create Your Own Course

This feature allows lecturers to put together their own course by choosing elements from various E4J university modules, in full or in part, from different topic areas in line with their needs.

Model United Nations

E4J developed a Resource Guide to support those who organize Model United Nations (MUN) conferences to incorporate issues from UNODC mandate areas into their conferences.


A networking platform is currently being developed by E4J, where lecturers will be able to connect with each other and with the E4J team. For a start, please register yourself to help us build the network.

Events, calls and stories

Find here information on past and upcoming events, calls and webstories related to the various topic areas of the E4J university modules series.