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A collaborative program between the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences and the Centre for Public Safety and Well-Being.

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For the past two decades, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has developed programming and initiated change at the global level intended to reduce the impact of illegal narcotics and their trade, organized criminal enterprise, corruption, and terrorism. Their work has instigated international partnerships, treaties, and conventions intended to support United Nations member states to enact evidence-based, comprehensive responses to global criminal harms.

One of the UNODC’s key pillars in policy preventing and responding to crime is championing quality education that is inclusive, equitable, and promotes lifelong learning opportunities. This foundation was formalized after the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, which was held in Qatar. The Doha Declaration calls for promotion of a culture of lawfulness based on the protection human rights and the rule of law while respecting cultural identity, paired with awareness-raising programmes designed to engage young people as agents of positive change.

The Doha declaration, and the efforts of the UNODC, align closely with Laurier’s mission to inspire lives of leadership an purpose, empowering all community members to engage and challenge the world on issues of justice and sustainability.

By partnering with the UNODC, Laurier has made a commitment to use education as a tool for preventing crime and corruption around the world. We challenge you to contribute to the empowerment of the next generation to achieve a positive and sustainable impact on criminal justice and corruption prevention.

Students will learn about the scope and impact of each criminal justice issue, their detection and prevention, and the range of international criminal justice responses. They will also be introduced to the UNODC’s programmes and their contributions toward tackling these threats while promoting peace and sustainable well-being as deterrents.

This education will prove advantageous to students seeking occupations relating to criminal justice by providing a framework for specialized ongoing study. Globalized responses to borderless crimes like human trafficking, cybercrime, and organized corruption will drive the need for internationally educated and experienced individuals. Further, international organizations like the Council of Europe, the Arab League, African Union, Organization of American States, Asian Cooperation Dialogue, Pacific Islands Forum, and the United Nations continue to seek professionals educated in global issues.

Education for Justice Initiative (e4j)

This certificate is based on modules created by the UNODC’s e4j initiative, which seeks to prevent crime and promote a culture of lawfulness through education. Through e4j, a series of university-level modules were designed by more than 600 academics and experts from around the globe. Serving as the foundation for our certificate, the e4j’s purpose is to empower the next generation of leaders, policymakers, managers and entrepreneurs to become the world’s next global justice change-makers.


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