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 is leading a consultative project to develop a survivor-centric global code of conduct for the documentation and investigation of conflict-or atrocity-related sexual violence (CARSV). It is also known as “the Murad code”, after Nadia Murad. The project is a...read more
We mark the occasion of Dr. Jerry Gray’s last IICI board meeting. Jerry has been in the IICI since its inception at Galway in 2001 and his early support of our efforts were particularly critical to its success. Year in and year out his belief in and contribution to...read more
In July 2017, IICI trained Military Police investigators, Legal Officers, Gender Advisers and medical personnel from the Irish Defence Forces on documenting conflict-related sexual & gender-based violence in the context of international peacekeeping deployments. As...read more
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.