About the IICI


The IICI is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation dedicated to the training of international criminal and human rights investigators and related professionals in the investigation of war crimes, genocide crimes against humanity and serious human rights violations.


The IICI was founded prior to the establishment of the International Criminal Court in recognition that there was no comprehensive training programme for investigators of international crimes. In 2003 the IICI established its headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands. The IICI was initially developed with the advice and participation of staff members from the International Criminal Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and Rwanda (ICTR), the former Chief of the Irish Defence Forces, the Irish Centre for Human Rights, the Royal Netherlands Army School for Peace Missions and Physicians for Human Rights. It has since benefited from the assistance, often pro bono, of investigators, prosecutors, police officers, psychologists, military advisors and others from many countries and organisations.

Members of the IICI Board of Directors and Council of Advisors originate from Australia, Canada, Egypt, France/Senegal, Ireland, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States.

The organisation is comprised of the Institute for International Criminal Investigations (IICI) and the Institute for International Criminal Investigations Foundation (IICIF). IICI is an American 501c(3) tax-exempt corporation incorporated in the State of California.  The tax number of IICI is 8125 17 799.  IICIF is a Dutch charitable foundation based in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Our work

In the last three years alone, IICI has provide seven International Investigator courses, 23 specialist-skills courses, 14 Justice Rapid Response (JRR) and JRR-UN Women courses, and 29 in-country training and mentoring workshops to civil society and the justice sector, for countries such as Liberia, Somalia, Afghanistan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, DRC and Kosovo. For JRR and JRR-UN Women, the IICI trained about 435 people, nearly all of who can now be rapidly deployed to investigate and document crimes in conflict and post conflict countries. (Since JRR’s inception and the creation of the JRR-UN Women roster, IICI has trained nearly 920 people for them.)

As well as providing training at its headquarters in the Hague and worldwide for governments, international organisations an civil society, IICI is the training provider for Justice Rapid Response (JRR),a multilateral stand-by facility to rapidly deploy criminal justice and related professionals trained for international investigations at the service of states and international organisations.

IICI also contributes substantially to policy development in the field of international criminal justice.

Philosophy and Approach

The Institute works on the basis that investigators from different countries and different legal systems, trained to the same high standards, can be made available to both international tribunals, national law enforcement and civil society.  The local experience of a trained investigator will have value at the international level and vice-versa.  This approach is possible because skills such as interviewing, evidence gathering and analysis are universal, although the investigator must be attuned to local cultural and legal realities.

The Institute believes that investment in a high professional standard in investigations pays dividends in every aspect of justice processes.

Financing and Support

The IICI is grateful for the continued support of the ICC, ICTY, the MICT and other UN and international organisations for making their staff members available as trainers on IICI courses.

The Institute is funded by grants from foundations, government agencies and partner organisations, and donations from individuals. The IICI depends on these grants and donations to continue its work and is grateful for the support provided to date, particularly by the Oak Foundation and the Sigrid Rausing Trust, but also by the following since its foundation:

The Government of Austria, Austrian Development Aide – Uganda Justice Law and Order Sector
The Government of Denmark, Ministry for Foreign Affairs
The Government of Finland, Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs
The Government of Canada, Human Security Program
The Government of Ireland, Irish Aid
The Government of Ireland, Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, Development Cooperation Directorate
The Government of France, The French Embassy in The Hague
The Kingdom of Lesotho
The Government of The Netherlands, The Mayor’s Office, The City of The Hague
The Government of New Zealand, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand
The Government of Sweden, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Government of the United Kingdom, The British Foreign & Commonwealth Office
The Government of the United States of America, The United States Institute of Peace
The Agence Intergouvernementale de la Francophonie
The Bodyshop Foundation
Clarence & Snell LLP
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
The John Merck Foundation /
The Lisbet Rausing Trust
The Open Society Institute
The Potrero Nuevo Fund / The Reebok Foundation
Philanthropic Ventures Foundation
Polar Lights Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Berner
William Chrisman
Morrison & Foerster
Nancy Pemberton and Jeff Parker