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
The Board and staff of the IICI mourn the loss of our beloved founder and President, Raymond McGrath, who died 11 November, 2020. Raymond was a Renaissance Man of intellect and wit who conceptualized the idea of the Institute in the 1990s as he witnessed the creation...read more
IICI has extended the deadline for feedback on the draft Global Code of Conduct for the Documentation and Investigation of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence (the draft “Murad Code”) to 31 January 2021. We are very grateful for the support and feedback already...read more
We are pleased to announce the publication of a new book written by a long-time friend to and trainer at IICI, John Tobin.
A Terrible Aberration: When doctors and health professionals compromise their medical ethics at the bidding of the state In this book he examines from the standpoint of medical ethics and international humanitarian law how the medical and associated professions can be...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.