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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

Raymond McGrath Scholarship

IICI is pleased to announce the creation of a scholarship fund in memory of our late president Raymond McGrath. The scholarships will be mainly for our flagship International Investigator Course and will be focussed on candidates who have both an urgent need for the...

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IICI guidelines on remote interviewing and PIAC-IICI webinar

IICI has developed a 13-page set of guidelines on remote investigative interviewing: IICI guidelines on remote interviewing. Arabic, French and Spanish translations are also available. PIAC & IICI co-hosted and recorded a webinar on this topic. See the publications &...

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Bill Haglund

The Board and staff of the IICI mourn the loss of William (Bill) Haglund, one of the IICI’s founding Board members and specialist advisor in forensic anthropology and archaeology. Bill died on 15 June 2021. Bill was one of IICI’s early stalwarts.   In the early 1990s...

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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.