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 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
IICI hosted a panel discussion on the theme “The Murad Code: how to implement it” at the PSVI conference of 28-29 November 2022 in London. The video-recording of the session can be found here. The panellists mainly focused on cooperation across sectors, by funders,...read more
Our 2021 annual report is out now. In 2021 IICI ran 19 courses, training over 170 participants from 42 countries. You can access the report here: 2021 Annual Report. 2022 has proven to be a busy year as well: training members of the Ethiopian Inter-Ministerial Task...read more
The Institute for International Criminal Investigations has established The Raymond McGrath Scholarship in memory of IICI Founding President, Raymond McGrath. IICI will provide funding for one or more full scholarships each year for persons who display the commitment,...read more
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.