Ms Morgane Nicot is a Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer in the Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Since she joined UNODC over nine years ago, Ms Nicot has lead the development of UNODC tools on migrant smuggling, including training manuals, assessment guides and issue papers such as the Issue Paper on the Concept of Financial or Other Material Benefit in the Smuggling of Migrants Protocol. As the coordinator of the Global Programme against the Smuggling of Migrants, she also supported States implement the Protocol through technical assistance to build their capacity to investigate and prosecute migrant smuggling, through cooperation and while upholding the right of those who are smuggled. This includes legislative reform to comply with the Smuggling of Migrants Protocol requirements, training of criminal justice personnel, and building trust and networks among practitioners to improve cooperation. In her functions, Ms. Nicot also contributes to the inter-governmental processes surrounding the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and it supplementing Protocols as well as the inter-agency dialogues around migration issues.
Prior to joining the UN, Ms Nicot served for three years as a humanitarian law expert with the International Committee of the Red Cross, in its legal division as well as in Uganda and in the Gaza Strip where she was a delegate for the protection of civilians and detainees. Ms Nicot also worked in her home country as a manager and legal advisor to migrants and asylum seekers with Caritas France. A Law graduate, Ms Nicot holds an LLM in International Criminal Justice and Armed Conflict from the University of Nottingham and a postgraduate degree in International Administration from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.