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Professional Master in Governance and Human Rights

The Masters Programme in Governance and Human Rights connects the theory of science with its practical application. In seven modules, the students will learn to analyze and understand legal and political theories of governance and international and regional human rights regimes and how they are interrelated. The students and scholars of the Master of Governance and Human Rights will design, plan, organize, and realize their own project addressing a practical challenge related to the field of governance and human rights.


Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Credit Points: 90 
Lenght of Study: 4 terms extra-occupational
Language: English
Study Places: 25
Start Date: in October
Application Deadline: July 1st; it is possible to apply later and be admitted until September 30th
Costs: 9.500 Euro (total tuition cost), plus the current term contribution of 200 Euro per term
Programme Director: Prof. Dr. Alessandra Asteriti (

Police techniques for investigating serious violent crime: A systematic review

Angela Higginson, Elizabeth Eggins & Lorraine Mazerolle



Australian Institute of Criminology


Police use a variety of techniques in their investigation of serious violent crimes, such as homicide, robbery, assault and sexual assault. This paper systematically reviews experimental and quasiexperimental research on the effectiveness of these investigative techniques. Meta-analysis was used to combine effect sizes across multiple studies examining the same technique, crime and outcome.

Eighteen studies on 10 broad categories of investigative techniques were identified, with the largest number of studies examining specialised investigative techniques for sexual assault and the collection or testing of DNA and other physical evidence. While there were some promising findings, findings were mixed and, in some areas, there is limited evidence on which to draw strong conclusions. Given the significant investment of police resources in the investigation of serious violent crime, the results highlight the need for more methodologically rigorous empirical research on both new and established investigative techniques available to law enforcement.

European prevention campaign on pickpocketing

Beware of pickpockets #ProtectYourPocket!

At the start of the 2018 World Cup we have launched a European prevention campaign on pickpocketing during mass events. By the use of three animation videos the EUCPN and 25 European Member States aim to step up the fight against this crime by informing and warning citizens on how they can protect themselves.

The campaign #ProtectYourPocket, financed by the Internal Security Fund of the European Union, includes three short animation videos which will be shown on big screens and distributed on social media. By the absence of a spoken language the videos can easily reach a large audience. Each video demonstrates, with a touch of humor, how a cartoon figure is not paying attention to the belongings in his or her pockets while standing in a large crowd; watching a football game on outdoor big screens, taking public transport or enjoying a concert at a festival. Because of its characteristics these happenings are a paradise for pickpockets.

Video World Cup


Video Public transport


Video Festival

Read the factsheet on how to set up a successful prevention campaign
Read the factsheet on how to prevent pickpocketing

Register for Webinar: Best and Promising Practices in Integrating Reentry and Employment Interventions

Hosted by the National Reentry Resource Center, with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance


Date: Tuesday, July 17
Time: 2–3:30 p.m. ET


This webinar is based on lessons learned from integrating reentry and employment interventions to help people returning home after incarceration find and keep employment. The presentation will be especially useful for corrections, reentry, and workforce development administrators and practitioners that are interested in maximizing scarce resources and improving recidivism and employment outcomes.

Presenters will:

  • Discuss promising practices for connecting people to appropriate services based on their specific risk of reoffending and the associated needs;
  • Highlight examples of integrating evidence-based and promising practices from the corrections and workforce development fields to improve outcomes for people in the criminal justice system;
  • Demonstrate the importance of engaging leadership and direct service staff in planning a systems-wide coordinated process; and, 
  • Discuss strategies for realigning resources to improve reentry and employment outcomes.

Strengthened EU rules to prevent money laundering and fight terrorism financing enter into force today

European Commission - Daily News

Daily News 09 / 07 / 2018

Brussels, 9 July 2018


Today, the 5th Anti-Money laundering Directive has entered into force following its publication in the EU's Official Journal. Proposed by the Commission in July 2016, the new rules bring more transparency on the real owners of companies and tackle risks of terrorist financing. Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality said: "This is another important step to strengthen the EU framework to combat financial crime and terrorist financing. The 5th Anti-Money laundering directive will make the fight against money laundering more efficient. We must close all loopholes: gaps in one Member State will have an impact on all others. I urge Member States to stay true to their commitment and update their national rules as soon as possible." The new rules introduce stricter transparency requirements, including full public access to the beneficial ownership registers for companies, greater transparency in the registries of beneficial ownership of trusts, and interconnection of these registers. The key improvements also include: limiting the use of anonymous payments through pre-paid cards, including virtual currency exchange platforms under the scope of the anti-money laundering rules; widening customer verification requirements; requiring stronger checks on high-risk third countries as well as more powers for and closer cooperation between national Financial Intelligence Units. The 5th Anti-Money laundering directive also increases the cooperation and exchange of information between anti-money laundering and prudential supervisors, including with the European Central Bank. The Juncker Commission has made the fight against money laundering and terrorism financing one of its priorities.This proposal was the first initiative of the Action Plan to step up the fight against terrorist financing following the terror attacks and part of a broader drive to boost tax transparency and tackle tax abuse in the aftermath of the Panama Papers revelations. Member States will have to implement these new rules into their national legislation before 10 January 2020. In addition, in May 2018 the Commission invited the European Supervisory Authorities (European Central Bank, European Banking Authority, European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority, European Securities and Markets Authority) to a joint working group to improve the practical coordination of anti-money laundering supervision of financial institutions. Work in this group is now ongoing and a first exchange with Member States is planned in September. For more information see a factsheet on the main changes brought by the 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive.


Research Report and Summary Evaluation of an Innovative

Now available on Public Safety Canada’s website

(voir ci-bas pour la version française)


Report - Evaluation of an Innovative Cyberbullying Intervention: STOPit

This evaluation aimed to assess the potential relevance and performance of one innovative cyberbullying platform called STOPit.


Summary - Evaluation of an Innovative Cyberbullying Intervention: STOPit

This evaluation aimed to assess the potential relevance and performance of one innovative cyberbullying platform called STOPit.

Register for Webinar: Best Practices for Successful Reentry for People with an Opioid Addiction

Hosted by the National Reentry Resource Center, with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance


Date: Thursday, July 26
Time: 2–3:30 p.m. ET


People leaving incarceration and returning to the community face significant challenges; those who also have an opioid addiction face even more, as they have a significantly higher risk of overdose or overdose-related death than the general public. These statistics mean that the staff from the correctional facilities, community-based treatment providers, and probation and parole agencies working with people with an opioid addiction need to be aware of the best practices for supporting them throughout their reentry process. This webinar will include information on planning and coordination, behavioral health treatment, cognitive interventions, and community supervision practices as well as community resources such as housing and recovery support services. There will be time for questions and answers at the end of the webinar.


  • Jac Charlier, National Director for Justice Initiatives at the Center for Health and Justice at TASC
  • Mark Stovell, Policy Analyst, CSG Justice Center



SHANARANI: Training the trainers to avoid gender stereotyping among young people

Shanarani is a 18-months project co-financed by the European Commission under Erasmus+ programme, Key Action 2 – Strategic Partnership in the field of Youth. It aims to create attractive methodologies for young people and raise awareness youngsters on gender issues, in particular on the importance of reducing gender related stereotyping and promoting gender equal opportunities for all.


Register for Webinar: Addressing Barriers to Licensing for People Who Have Criminal Records

This webinar is part of Occupational Licensing: Assessing State Policy and Practice, a project of the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, and The Council of State Governments.


Date: Thursday, Aug. 9
Time: 2–3 p.m. ET


Finding and maintaining employment is a critical aspect of preventing recidivism among people who have criminal records. But having a criminal record can make it difficult, or even impossible, for a person to find work, especially in a field that requires an occupational license. This webinar will discuss some of the barriers to occupational licensing that people who have criminal records face. Presenters will share best practices and policy options for policymakers to help address these barriers.


  • Chidi Umez, Project Manager, The CSG Justice Center
  • Beth Avery, Staff Attorney, National Employment Law Project
  • Lee McGrath, Senior Legislative Counsel, Institute for Justice



Australian Institute of Criminology - Latest Publications

New research on taxpayer savings from cancelling visas of organised crime offenders

Last week, the Australian Institute of Criminology released one new publication, which is available now on the AIC website.

Statistical Report

For the latest crime and justice facts and figures, visit Crime Statistics Australia

CESIE: TELL YOUR STORY: Preventing early drop-out through digital stories and maps

Tell your story


Why is it important to integrate storytelling and digital storymapping in educational processes?


Tell Your Story aims at exploring the use  of  digital  storytelling  and  story mapping  in  education  to combat early school leaving. In our experience, early school leaving can be prevented enhancing communication and digital skills among the younsters.


What has been done so far?


Each partners have implemented “My decision, my action, my future” workshops for preventing early drop-out through digital stories and maps.





This third learning module capitalizes on the outputs produced in the piloting of O2 How to tell a (life) story and O3 Media production skills. While the latter informal learning activities are targeted at those young people who have already dropped out of education and training, the local workshops was addressed to those who are at risk of leaving school early. 


The multimedia life stories produced by the early school leavers were used as the basis for developing a workshop design for young people at risk to prevent them from taking the same decision. The life stories have been discussed in workshops at school or youth organisations and the motivation and consequences of individual early school leaving biographies have been reflected and related to the own life situation. Thus, dropping out form school can be “simulated” in a safe environment and alternative pathways be developed.

TYS stories

The developed concept was tested and evaluated with groups of 15-20 young people in schools or youth organisations in France, Austria, Belgium, Slovenia, Italy and the United Kingdom.


Upcoming Events


The multimedia stories and maps the young early school-leavers have produced are available in an online exhibition on Tell Your Story’s website. Each partner organisation engaged a group of early school leavers in the creation of multimedia stories and maps.

Visit our site and check out the Storymaps they have produced!

Then, the results and recommendations to use and share Tell Your Story’s methodologies will be part of the publication called “Preventing early school leaving through maps and digital stories”.


This publication is a key output to ensure that the experiences gained in the project will be widely visible, transferred and applied.


Abgerundetes Rechteck: Check out the Storymaps!

Stress Research: Experiencing Violence Can Negatively Affect Adolescent Brain Development

Informationsdienst Wissenschaft - idw - Pressemitteilung
Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung, Kerstin Skork, 19.07.2018 10:18

MRI study with 65 adolescents from inner-city Los Angeles: A study conducted by the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and the University of Southern California has examined the relationship between stress in the form of community violence and the brain structure of adolescents. The results were recently published in the journal Human Brain Mapping.

Drug trafficking, shootings or burglary—even if we are not directly affected by it, impressions of violence and crime probably will not pass us by without a trace. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and the University of Southern California have studied the brains and cognition of 65 healthy adolescents, aged 14–18, living in high-crime neighborhoods in Los Angeles. "From previous studies, we know that life in conflict-ridden environments is associated with lower cognitive performance and an increased risk of mental illness, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), for adolescents. In addition, adolescence is a key period for brain development, but there has not been a study to date of how community violence exposure may affect the brains of adolescents," says first author Oisin Butler of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin.

The results of the study support the assumption that indirect experiences of violence influence adolescent brain development. The researchers found that adolescents with higher levels of violence exposure showed lower IQ and smaller gray matter volume in the anterior cingulate cortex and the left inferior frontal gyrus. These brain regions are important for higher order cognitive functions, especially for cognitive control, language production and emotion. "The thinning of gray matter is part of normal brain maturation in adolescence. However, the slower this process is, the more time cognitive functions have to mature. Further studies are needed to find out how much stress accelerates the loss of gray matter in adolescence and how this may impact cognition," adds Butler.

Without becoming victims or perpetrators themselves, most of the young people involved in the study had heard of crimes or violence in their immediate neighborhood, had witnessed them, or had been threatened. The adolescents were healthy and came from intact, low income families and had experienced neither abuse nor neglect in their parents' home. "We wanted to make sure that the results are not influenced by other factors, such as mental illness or abuse, which are known to be associated with changes in brain structure," says senior author Mary Helen Immordino-Yang of the University of Southern California. Study participants completed an intelligence test and their brain structure was measured using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

The findings essentially resemble a study of the impact of military operations on the brain. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development were able to show that the duration of military deployment in healthy soldiers is associated with reduced gray matter in the same brain region. "Chronic stress, for example in the form of experiences of violence, can affect the healthy brain. The affected brain structures show similarities to those of patients with PTSD, even if the people examined here have no such disorder," says co-author Simone Kühn, who led the military deployment study at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development.

Previous work has primarily focused on the study of stress and trauma in individuals with clinical symptoms, and these two studies examine the influence of stress on the brain in healthy individuals. "The majority of indivduals exposed to violence do not develop clinical symptoms, such as PTSD. These findings should allow us to draw a much more nuanced picture of stress influences on the brain and make a contribution to the generalizability of the results of neuroscientific stress research," continues Kühn.

Butler, O., Yang, X.-F., Laube, C., Kühn, S., & Immordino-Yang, M. H. (2018). Community violence exposure correlates with smaller gray matter volume and lower IQ in urban adolescents. Human Brain Mapping, 39, 2088–2097.