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School of Criminal Justice (ESC)

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School of Criminal Justice (ESC)
University of Lausanne
Faculty of Law
UNIL - Sorge
Batochime - office 6302
CH-1015 Lausanne


Phone: ++41 (0)21 692 4600
Fax: ++41 (0)21 692 4605

Description, aims and objectives

The School of Criminal Justice is affiliated with UNIL's Faculty of Law and Criminal Justice. Dating back to the legal photography courses taught at the beginning of the 20th Century by Professor Archibald Rodolphe Reiss, it was the world's first academic scientific police school and is still one of the few institutions in Europe to offer complete training in Forensic Science.

Forensic Science stands at the crossroads of natural science, law, social sciences and technology, and their application to law. The study of crime-detection techniques, scientific police work and criminology, criminal policy and criminal law all focus on a societal phenomenon, crime and its offshoots, as well as on the means available for fighting, preventing, or repressing crime.

Mobility and technology have contributed to the globalisation of crime. They contribute to the criminal excesses generated by terrorism and trafficking of all kinds (narcotics, armaments, women, etc.), and they offer new ways to convert ill-gotten gains through organised financial networks (money laundering, corruption, etc.). The political, economic and judicial consequences require measures that the ESC studies through its research, its development of methodology and its training. A number of pilot projects and forms of collaboration with the judiciary at local and international levels have helped to give the ESC its well-established reputation.

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The School's Major Assets...

> the only university institution in Switzerland to offer complete training in criminology

> the only institution in French-speaking Europe to offer complete training in forensic science (forensics and criminalistics)

> an essential role in the ongoing training of judicial authorities (particularly judges, magistrates and police services)

> A service activity of international scope (experts' reports, consultancy)

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