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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 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


Webinar recording: West Africa Dialogue on the Murad Code

On 27 June 2024, IICI hosted a 90-minute West Africa Dialogue on the Murad Code entitled “Uncovering Blind Spots: Empowering Survivors in Transitional Justice - Understanding Drivers of Harmful and Good Practices When Documenting Systematic and Conflict-Related Sexual Violence and Adopting a Survivor-Centred Approach.” The webinar featured a…

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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.

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.

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.

Open Source Investigation Course - Foundational/Advanced

The Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley School of Law and the Institute of International Criminal Investigations in The Hague have partnered to offer two comprehensive open source investigation courses focused on the investigation of violations of international criminal, humanitarian, and human rights law. Course participants are trained on the methodology of the Berkeley Protocol on Digital Open Source Investigations, the first professional standards and guidelines for digital investigations, consistent with the practices of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. Both courses highlight the importance of ethics, resiliency, security, and legal compliance.

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.

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.

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 legal framework; specialist interview skills; trauma awareness; witness management.

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.