Between 2014 and 2019 the Balkan Criminology Course was one of the annual highlights of the Max Planck Partner Group’s events throughout the region and far beyond. It has been part of the scientific programme of the Max Planck Partner Group (2012-2019), jointly established between the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg/Germany and the Faculty of Law - University of Zagreb/Croatia, funded by Germany’s leading research foundation - the Max Planck Society. Its aim has been to provide in-depth and up-to-date knowledge about the state of art in crime research in the Balkans, while introducing its participants to the basics of criminological methodology, phenomenology and aetiology. Continuing with this tradition, as of spring 2020 the Balkan Criminology Course shifts its focus back to some of the most pressing security threats and crime challenges of the region: organised crime and criminal state capture. The course as of 2020 also takes a much more practical and “hands-on” approach, while keeping its high academic standards. The course is a non-profit academic/training event, financially supported by the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime through its new global programme aimed at incubating resilience in communities harmed or threatened by criminal governance, the Resilience Fund, and the Zagreb Law Faculty.