Over the years, the Standing Group on Organised Crime (SGOC) has organised a number of schools for graduate students. The advanced schools on organised crime attracted interest from around the world and brought the most outstanding students to the following locations:

  • Catania, Italy – Summer 2009
  • Leuven, Belgium – Summer 2010
  • Ohrid, Macedonia – Summer 2011
  • Catania, Italy – Summer 2014
  • Vienna, Austria – Winter 2019


Each time a SGOC Summer/Winter school takes place in a different European city, hosted by a higher education institution or other relevant organisation. In order to do justice to the multitude of issues contained in the study of organised crime and to the shifting challenges regarding its prevention, each Summer/Winter School has a specific thematic focus. As a rule, SGOC Summer/Winter schools last for two weeks each and consist of five core elements:

(1) theoretical-academic lectures by an international team of scholars;

(2) presentations by law enforcement agencies and other relevant organisations;

(3) group work and workshops;

(4) roundtable discussions with scholars and practitioners;

(5) students’ homework, presentations and discussions.

We also organise excursions to local offices and organisations of interest at each summer/winter school location.   

SGOC Summer/Winter Schools have four main aims:

  • to bring together about 20 to 25 young researchers (mainly master’s and doctoral students from disciplines like political science, criminology, sociology, law, economics) with senior scholars as well as specialised practitioners (civil servants from national Justice and Home Affairs Ministries, representatives from law enforcement agencies and from international organisations focusing on security) in order to integrate  students into an international community of scholars and practitioners in this field;
  • to elaborate an vibrant academic program on organised crime (with some of the top experts teaching and presenting new research findings);   
  • to encourage in-depth discussion across disciplines covering different parts of the world order to produce some new research projects and ideas related to organised crime;
  • to expand a concrete network/community working in this area.   

The learning and teaching processes are further supported by acquainting students with the SGOC and its activities.