University Module Series

Trafficking in Persons / Smuggling of Migrants


Module Series



In recent years there have been few topics garnering as much widespread interest as trafficking in persons (TIP) and smuggling of migrants (SOM). These issues have attracted the attention of Governments, NGOs, International Organizations, the media as well as academia. While this attention tends to provoke vivid discussions in political circles, social networks and other media platforms, there is little solid understanding of TIP and SOM, the difference between them and their implications.

The 14 Modules on TIP and SOM will provide academics with a practically oriented, though still theoretically grounded, tool to teach on these issues. Thanks to the inputs received from more than 100 academics from all around the world, the Modules' contents are substantively robust. This strength is reinforced with a series of illustrative examples and exercises aimed at generating debates and consolidating knowledge among students. Given the considerable safety risks posed by TIP and SOM and the related need to ensure that perpetrators are made accountable, the course relies heavily on a legal approach, acknowledging the importance of clarifying concepts and employing rigorous terminology. This notwithstanding, the course is also grounded in a multidisciplinary methodology, recognising that the complexity of the trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling phenomena extends beyond the legal realm. Consequently, a comprehensive understanding of TIP and SOM is not possible without the convergence of various disciplines, expertise and perspectives, including the historical, economic, social, political, and gender prisms, that are all considered in developing the course.

Terms of Use and Disclaimers

The following modules will become available online in early 2019:

  • Module 1:  Migrant Smuggling as a Specific Crime Type
  • Module 2:  Protection of the Human Rights of Smuggled Migrants
  • Module 3:  Criminal Justice Response to SOM
  • Module 4:  Prevention and Non-Criminal Justice Responses to SOM
  • Module 5:  Smuggling of Migrants in the Broader Context of Migration and its Drivers
  • Module 6:  Defining of the Concept of Trafficking in Persons
  • Module 7:  Prevention of Trafficking in Persons
  • Module 8:  A Human-Rights Based Approach to Trafficking in Persons
  • Module 9:  Criminal Justice Response to TIP
  • Module 10:  The Role of Civil Society in Countering TIP
  • Module 11:  SOM and TIP - Differences and Similarities
  • Module 12:  Children in TIP and SOM
  • Module 13:  Gender Dimension in SOM and TIP
  • Module 14:  The Interlinkages between Cybercrime, Organized Crime, SOM and TIP