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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

By partnering with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (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.

Education for Justice (E4J) Initiative


This certificate is based on modules created by the UNODC’s Education for Justice (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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Developing knowledge of the UNODC, its mandate and its actions.
  • Learning about international cooperation activities through supranational doctrine and treaties, as well as their effect and limitations.
  • Topical knowledge about key contemporary international issues in crime and criminal justice, such as human trafficking/smuggling of migrants; digital technologies and crime; and counter-terrorism.
  • Practical knowledge relating to the detection and prevention of crime and criminal justice issues, specialized to each module.
  • Training from a variety of international perspectives to encourage critical thinking about subjects.
  • Exposure to advanced areas of study defined and administered by the UNODC.

Certificate Details

This certificate has been designed to offer ease of accessibility and choice of classes, encouraging a diverse global audience of students from around the globe to explore the wide range of topics.

All courses are offered online in six-week chunks, designed to fit easily into timetables from all over the world. The certificate is a total of 2.0 credits (approximately 10% of a four-year honours degree) allowing you to use your electives from your degree to accomplish a second, concurrent credential.

Admission and Registration

Honours or general undergraduate Laurier students from any campus or program may enrol in these courses as electives. When all requirements are satisfied, students may submit an application to receive your certificate form.

Students from other universities may enrol in the courses using a Letter of Permission from their home institution.

Working professionals may apply through Laurier’s part-time application form.


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