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The Institute for Inter­national Criminal Investi­gations (IICI) is an independent, not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation providing criminal justice and human rights professionals with the training and knowledge necessary to investigate war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide and the most serious human rights violations.

Our courses

Our particular goal is modest, but indispensable: while we cannot change the political climate, we can train investigators to the highest standards, so that when the day of reckoning finally comes for the worst humanity has to offer, as it almost always does, the best of what humanity has to offer will be ready.

Raymond McGrath, IICI President

Launch of Draft Murad Code for Global Consultations

IICI and our project partners, the PSVI and Nadia’s Initiative, are delighted to announce the launch of the draft Global Code of Conduct for the Documentation and Investigation of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence (the draft “Murad Code”) for global consultations &...

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Covid-19 Update

All IICI courses in The Hague have been postponed until such a time that we can safely and responsibly recommence our schedule. We will update our website once we are able to resume in-person courses. In the meantime we are developing some online modules for specific...

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Our Regular Courses

Our courses have been designed and modified over the last 15 years on the basis of extensive consultation with experts in the field of international investigations. Our presenters have practical experience in investigations and prosecutions worldwide. Our training ethos is a mixture of theory and practice, with classroom exercises, roleplays and realistic field exercises conducted with the assistance of the Dutch military.

International Investigator Course

Our flagship two-week residential course covering the essential investigation skills for international criminal and human rights investigations, including: International Humanitarian Law; interview skills; witness management; crime scene documentation; analysis; weaponry; security.

Investigative Interview Skills Course

A 1-week course covering cognitive interviewing skills, including planning and preparation, relationship building and managing information as well as the key considerations for approaching survivors/victims.

International Investigator Team Leader Course

While national law enforcement and military bodies have their own training courses to prepare individuals for the significant leap to the team leader level, no such training is available on the international level, yet good team leadership is crucial to good investigations. IICI will be filling this void for the first time.

Analysis Skills Course

A 1-week course covering the intelligence and analysis process vital for international investigations, covering the intelligence cycle; direction, including tasking and objective setting; collection plans and sources of information; collation, including information management systems; evaluation, including the 4x4 system; charting techniques and hypothesis development; dissemination, including oral & written briefings.

Documenting Scenes of War Crimes Course and Human Rights Violations

A one-week course covering skills required for comprehensive non-invasive mapping and recording of mass graves, torture sites and other crime scenes. The course covers documenting techniques including sketching and photography as well as threat assessments.

Investigation of Cases of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) as International Crimes

A 1-week course covering specialist skills required for investigation of SGBV crimes and violations including: International Humanitarian Law; specialist interview skills; trauma awareness; witness management.

Open Source Investigation Course

Designed and delivered jointly by the UC Berkeley Human Rights Center and IICI, the course will incorporate the new Berkeley Protocol on Open Source Investigations, which aims to provide international standards consistent with the practice of international criminal tribunals like the ICC, national war crimes units, and UN commissions of inquiry, fact-finding missions and other investigative mechanisms. The course is taught through a series of hands-on exercises to provide a thorough grounding in requisite skills.

Financial Dimensions of War Crimes Investigations

The course is designed to provide specialist knowledge and skills to allow participants to identify, collect and utilise financial evidence as part of a broader investigation into war crimes or human rights abuses. It will be a mixture of presentations, live demonstrations and team exercises.

We also run a range of specially designed courses for governments, international organisations and civil society worldwide, as well as provide mentoring assistance on request. Read more.